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Survivors Of The Utoya Massacre, Sofie Lyshagen And Hakon Knudsen Of Norway, Escaped Anders Breivik And Found Love

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In the aftermath of a tragedy that shook the world, an improbable -- and beautiful -- story of love and hope has bloomed, the Sun reports.

Last July, Anders Behring Breivik bombed several government buildings in the Norwegian capital of Oslo, before going on a killing spree at a Labour Party youth camp on the island of Utoya.

Arriving on the island dressed as a police officer, the armed 32-year-old right-wing extremist gathered a large group of young men and women around him before indiscriminately opening fire.

Sixty nine people were killed -- making it the deadliest attack Norway has seen since World War II.

Nineteen-year-old Sofie Lyshagen was the first survivor to share her harrowing story with the public.

Appearing on Norwegian television with wet hair and bare feet the day of the bloodbath, Lyshagen described her escape from the mass murderer.

According to the Daily Mail, the young woman -- who had first seen several of her friends murdered -- had saved herself by plunging into the water, swimming away to hide.

Now, Lyshagen is telling the world of how she fell in love with the young man she met while fleeing from the deadly attack.

She told Norway's TV 2 that she was hiding from Breivik in the water when she first met 20-year-old Hakon Knudsen who -- like her -- had been swimming for cover.

"We exchanged a few words and were both quite hysterical," she told the Sun. "But we have been together ever since."

"It was only later, when we were safe in the countryside, that the romance began," Lyshagen continued. "We felt the chemistry was good and that we understood and could help each other. This hasn't broken us. We hope to spread a little joy through this -- our love."

Six months later, TV 2 documented Lyshagen and Knudsen returning to the place of the tragedy.

With their arms wrapped tightly around each other, the two reminisced over the friends they had lost and their narrow escape from death.

"It was love at first sight," said Lyshagen of their romance.

"At first swim," Knudsen corrected her, laughing.

Breivik goes on trial April 16, accused of mass murder. He is expected to be held for life in a mental institution.

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