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03 August 2011

Police operation to rescue Norway terror attack victims hampered by communications blunder

A report in today's Daily Mirror says that Norwegian police were plunged into “total chaos” by a catastrophic breakdown in communications after mass killer Anders Breivik struck, it emerged yesterday.

Breivik slaughtered 69 people on Utoya Island just hours after killing eight with a bomb in Oslo on July 22.

But it took police 79 minutes to reach the island. Paramedics did not arrive for another 10-15 minutes.

The blunder occurred because district police used an old analogue radio system while the elite Delta unit, dispatched to tackle the gunman, and paramedics had switched to a new secure digital network.

Police commanders had to contact different units via email and even fax, as the mobile network was down.

Amateur radio enthusiast Finn Johannessen listened in to the ambulance chief.

He said: “He was in a panic, shouting, ‘Where is the police, where is the police?’ It sounded like total chaos.”

Read the Daily Mirror story at:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/08/02/police-operation-to-rescue-norway-terror-attack-victims-hampered-by-communications-blunder-115875-23313809/

- Southgate Amateur Radio News