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Volunteer suspicious of gunman before shooting

07-25-2011 19:06 BJT Special Report:Norway Shocked by Twin Attacks |

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Last Friday was a dark day for Norway. On a ferry headed for Utoeya island, 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, dressed in a fake uniform, was preparing to carry out the massacre that killed at least 86 people. Also on board was youth camp volunteer Monica Boesei, affectionately known as "Mother Utoeya". And she was suspicious of the gunman even before the shooting began.

Monica Boesei never knew she was on a boat with a man who was about to unleash the worst violence Norway has seen since World War Two. But she had her suspicions something wasn't right.

An eyewitness recalled Boesei, a camp organizer on Utoeya island, striking up a conversation with the gunman, who was dressed in police uniform.

Youth camp volunteer Monica Boesei, affectionately known as "Mother Utoeya"

Hakon Sandbakken, Eyewitness said "They were obviously discussing the Oslo blasts earlier in the day. That was the topic of conversation for everyone onboard."

The gunman is said to have reacted suspiciously to Boesei's line of questioning.

Hakon Sandbakken said "He stood there with his back straight, in a manner suggesting he didn't want to talk much. From what I could see, he was less than enthusiastic about the whole conversation."

Hakon Sandbakken, Eyewitness

When the ferry arrived on the island, Boesei was so suspicious, she reported Breivik to the island's security guard, an off-duty policeman.

Moments later, they were both dead.

In a memorial on Sunday for the victims of the attacks, the Prime Minister praised the volunteer worker.

Jens Stoltenberg, Norwegian Prime Minister said "To many of us, she was the embodiment of Utoeya. And now she is dead. Shot and killed whilst taking care and giving joy to young people from all over the country."

A number of eyewitnesses have said that the warning given by Monica Boesei may have prevented an even greater disaster from unfolding.

Norway's police said on Monday they may revise down the number of people shot dead in a shooting spree on Utoeya island on Friday.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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