Nova Scotia

Halifax woman's Oslo friends 'OK'

A Halifax woman is using social media to check on her friends living in Oslo.

A Halifax woman is using social media to keep in touch with her friends living in Oslo, which was hit by twin terrorist attacks this weekend

Nova Scotia-based freelance writer Gwyneth Dunsford spent a year working and studying in Norway in 2008, and said news of the attack came as a shock.

"I just thought that my friends were dead," Dunsford said.

"I wanted to speak with them right away."

Investigators now say 93 people were killed in the attacks in Norway on Friday. At least seven people were kill by a car bomb set off outside a government building. The other 86 victims — mostly teenagers who were at a youth camp on Utoeya Island — were shot by a gunman.

Dunsford said she has been online constantly since Friday.

"I've been on Twitter, on social networking to see if people update their pages to say that they're alright. Some people clicked on a Facebook event to say that they were alive," she said.

"One of my best friends Anna was on the subway and she got off and there was smoke everywhere and there were windows that were blown out for a kilometre and she had no idea what was going on."

Dunsford said she now believes all of her friends in Norway are all right, although she still hasn't heard from everyone.

"Oslo is such a small city, so chances are pretty good that someone you know is going to be affected by it," she said.

The suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, 32, surrendered to police when they arrived on the island. On Sunday, his lawyer said Breivik was motivated by a desire to bring about "a revolution" in Norwegian society.

Breivik has "not denied" the accusations against him and will explain himself in court on Monday, according to his lawyer, Gerr Lippestad.