The Dynamics of a Terrorist Targeting Process: Anders B. Breivik and the 22 July Attacks in Norway

  • Cato Hemmingby
  • Tore Bjørgo

Part of the Palgrave Hate Studies book series (PAHS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Cato Hemmingby, Tore Bjørgo
    Pages 1-11
  3. Cato Hemmingby, Tore Bjørgo
    Pages 12-18
  4. Cato Hemmingby, Tore Bjørgo
    Pages 19-28
  5. Cato Hemmingby, Tore Bjørgo
    Pages 29-44
  6. Cato Hemmingby, Tore Bjørgo
    Pages 45-58
  7. Cato Hemmingby, Tore Bjørgo
    Pages 59-76
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    Pages 77-86
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    Pages 87-107
  10. Cato Hemmingby, Tore Bjørgo
    Pages 108-114
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 115-131

About this book


This book provides an in-depth analysis of probably the most horrific solo terrorist operation the world has ever seen. On 22 July 2011 Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people when he bombed the Government District in Oslo, before he conducted a shooting attack against a political youth camp at Utøya. The main focus of the book is on the operational aspects of the events, particularly the target selection and decision-making process. Why did Breivik choose the targets he finally attacked, what influenced his decision-making and how did he do it? 

Using unique source material, providing details never published before, the authors accurately explain how even this ruthless terrorist acted under a number of constraints in a profoundly dynamic process. This momentous work is a must read for scholars, students and practitioners within law enforcement, intelligence, security and terrorism studies.


Terrorism Anders B. Breivik 22 July attacks Utøya lone actor solo terrorist target selection targeting modus operandi terrorist tactics counterterrorism detection intelligence threat assessment societal security police response active shooter massacre terrorist trial criminology police terrorism

Authors and affiliations

  • Cato Hemmingby
    • 1
  • Tore Bjørgo
    • 1
  1. 1.Norwegian Police University CollegeNorway

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-84565-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-57997-3
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