Norway's Police Chief Steps Down Following Massacre Report

Cites lack of confidence by leaders that he can reform operations for better response.


Norway's national police chief has stepped down after a government-commissioned report found that police could have stopped the devastating massacre carried out last year by Anders Behring Breivik sooner and should have been able to prevent a bomb attack from happening at all.

Oystein Maeland said in a statement Thursday that he lacked assurance from Norwegian leaders that they had confidence in him to reform police operations. Justice Minister Grete Faremo had earlier said she wasn't able to make decisions on how individuals had performed during the bombing and shooting attacks that killed 77 people last year, Norwegian media reported.