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Christchurch terrorist attack brings back horror of Norway mass shooting for mother of NZ-born victim

The Christchurch terrorist attack has brought back the horror of far-right extremist Anders Breivik's mass shooting spree on a Norwegian island for the mother of a New Zealand-born teenager killed in that rampage nearly eight years ago.

Sharidyn Svebakk Bohn, aged 14, was among the 69 people Brevik killed when he opened fire with semi-automatic guns on Utoya Island while it was packed with young adults on a Labour Party youth camp on July 22, 2011.

Angry at Muslim immigration, and blaming the political left, he first detonated a bomb outside the prime minister's office in Oslo, killing eight people.

Sharidyn's mother, Vanessa Svebakk, and the girl's father, have retraced the steps of their daughter's killer on the island. 

"A massacre happened here. If these trees, or these stones could talk. For an entire hour they were hunted like animals," Ms Svebakk told 1 NEWS Europe correspondent Joy Reid on the island.

Ms Svebakk said when she was told about the March 15 attack on two mosques in New Zealand than killed 50 people, "it was the first time I ever felt that same horrendousness that I felt on the 22nd of July". 

"It sounds like it's a little bit cliché, but she was a great kid," she said of Sharidyn.

A survivor of the Utoya massacre, Bjorn Ihler, says he feels there's been failure to prevent another attack.

"It feels to some extent like we've failed. We've failed the promise of 'never again', as we say after these things."

In an instant, peaceful and prosperous Norway was introduced to its first act of terror by a lone wolf killer.

After an eight-week trial, Brevik was jailed for at least 21 years.

In its new age of terror, Norway increased security around government buildings and armed some police.

But the nation's already strict gun laws haven't changed yet, Norway waiting until 2021 to look at banning semi-automatic weapons, with a government buy-back scheme.

Terrorism now unites two small countries, no longer famous for peace.

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1 NEWS’ Joy Reid visited the country nearly eight years after 77 people were killed by a far right extremist. Source: 1 NEWS