Norway PM urged to resign after massacre report

By the Associated Press | August 14, 2012 | 8:38 AM EDT

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg answers questions in Oslo about of the findings of the inquiry published by the commission into the July 22, 2011 attacks on Monday Aug. 13, 2012. Norwegian authorities could have prevented or interrupted the bomb and gun attacks by a far-right fanatic that killed 77 people last year, a government appointed commission said Monday.The long-awaited report into the July 22 attacks also said the domestic intelligence service could have done more to track down the gunman, but stopped short of saying it could have stopped him. (AP Photo/Anette Karlsen / NTB scanpix) NORWAY OUT

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is facing pressure to resign after a report scolded public authorities for failing to prevent or interrupt bomb and gun attacks that killed 77 people last year.

One of Norway's largest newspapers, VG, on Tuesday urged Stoltenberg to step down, saying he bears the ultimate responsibility for the string of failures by police and other agencies during the July 22, 2011, attacks by a right-wing extremist.

Opposition leaders called in lawmakers from their summer break to discuss the report by a commission that criticized the government for failing to protect its headquarters from the bomb and police for not stopping the ensuing shooting massacre earlier.

Anders Behring Breivik has admitted to the attacks and awaits sentencing on Aug. 24.