Norway observed a minute of silence to mourn the victims of the mass killings in a ceremony outside Oslo’s main university led by Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Norwegian King Harald V on Monday, AFP reported.

Similar ceremonies were held in other Norwegian cities and in some other European cities on the same day.

Officials and staff of European institutions, such as the European Commission and the Council of Europe, also joined Norway in the minute of silence.

On July 22, a massive bomb explosion rocked government headquarters in Oslo, killing eight people and leaving several more injured.

On the same day, a gunmen opened fire on members of the youth wing of Norway’s Labor Party on nearby Utoeya Island, killing 68 people.

Islamophobic extremist Anders Behring Breivik has claimed responsibility for both attacks, which left a total of 76 people dead, but the Norwegian police say it is still not clear if he had any accomplices and their detectives are still investigating the case.

It was the worst violence in Norway since World War II, and citizens of the Scandinavian country are still in shock.

Breivik has expressed strong anti-Islam views. He previously said that he had had several discussions with members of the English Defense League, which is a racist and anti-Muslim group based in Britain

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