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Norway suspect admits responsibility

2011-07-24 07:05

Oslo - The suspect in Norway's twin attacks that killed at least 92 people admitted responsibility and said the carnage was long planned as the nation mourned victims of its worst violence since World War II.

Anders Behring Breivik, 32, was arrested for allegedly shooting at least 85 people dead at a youth Labour Party meeting on an island and killing seven more in a car bomb explosion which ripped through government buildings in Oslo.

"He admitted responsibility," Behring Breivik's lawyer Geir Lippestad told Norway's NRK television channel. While there was no official confirmation of the man's identity, he was widely named as Anders Behring Breivik by local media.

"He explained that it was cruel but that he had to go through with these acts," Lippestad said, adding that the attacks were "apparently planned over a long period of time".

A rambling 1 500-page tract apparently written by Behring Breivik said he has been preparing the "martyrdom operation" since at least autumn 2009.

Explains all

The internet document - part diary, part bomb-making manual and part political rant in which he details his Islamophobia - explains how he set up front mining and farming businesses to prepare the attacks for which he was arrested on Friday.

"The reasoning for this decision is to create a credible cover in case I am arrested in regards to the purchase and smuggling of explosives or components to explosives - fertiliser," the tract says.

As harrowing testimony emerged from the summer camp where scores of youngsters were mown down, Norway was struggling to understand how a country famed as a beacon of peace could experience such bloodshed on its soil.

"Never since the Second World War has our country been hit by a crime on this scale," Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg told journalists as police searched for more bodies on the idyllic Utoya island near Oslo.

"Many of those who have died were friends. I know their parents and it happened at a place where I spent a long time as a young person... It was a paradise of my youth that has now been turned into hell."

Death toll could rise

The toll could rise further as the search continued for four or five people still missing from the island, aided by a mini-submarine and Red Cross scuba divers.

National police commissioner Sveinung Sponheim said investigators were still trying to establish whether a second shooter was present on the island, as suggested by certain witness accounts.

Blond-haired Behring Breivik described himself on his Facebook page as "conservative", "Christian", and interested in hunting and computer games like World of Warcraft and Modern Warfare 2, reports said.

He also described himself as director of Breivik Geofarm, an organic farm that may have given him access to chemicals used in the production of explosives.

A sole message on his Twitter account, dated July 17, was based on a quote from British philosopher John Stuart Mill, reading: "One person with a belief is equal to a force of 100 000 who have only interests."

Right-winger

Police spokesperson Roger Andersen described the suspect as a "Christian fundamentalist", adding that his political opinions leaned "to the right".

The head of the populist right-wing Progress Party (FrP) confirmed Behring Breivik had been a party member between 1999 and 2006 and for several years a leader in its youth movement.

He stopped paying his subscription before ending his membership, according to the party.

"Those who knew the suspect when he was a member of the party say that he seemed like a modest person that seldom engaged himself in the political discussions," Siv Jensen said in a statement on the FrP website.

Anti-fascist monitors meanwhile said Behring Breivik was also a member of a Swedish neo-Nazi internet forum named Nordisk, which hosts discussions on topics ranging from white power music to political strategies for crushing democracy.

Initial fears

The attacks on Friday afternoon were western Europe's deadliest since the 2004 Madrid bombings, carried out by al-Qaeda.

While there had been initial fears they might have been an act of revenge over Norway's participation in the campaigns in Afghanistan and Libya, the focus shifted when it emerged the suspect was a native Norwegian.

The first attack was a car bomb which seared through landmark buildings including Stoltenberg's office and the finance ministry. It is thought that the car-bomber then caught a ferry to nearby Utoya island wearing a police sweater.

On arrival, he claimed to be investigating the bomb attack and began opening fire with an automatic weapon. The shooting spree lasted for an hour and a half.

Witnesses described scenes of horror among the more than 500 people attending the youth camp. Some who tried to swim to safety were even shot in the water.

No joke

Khamshajiny Gunaratnam, 23, said that people initially thought it was some kind of joke before she and her friends realised their lives were in danger.

"We ran and ran. The worst thing was when we found out the shooter was dressed as a policeman. Who could we trust then? If we called the police, would he be the guy (who) would come to our 'rescue'?," she wrote on her blog.

She and her friend Matti swam towards the mainland as the gunman fired into the water. After a while, a boat picked them up and brought them to safety.

"I have heard stories about people swimming over the lake, people hiding under stones and almost being shot at, so there are some terrible stories. We have agreed in our groups that we won't talk about the most terrible because it goes only to the media," said visibly shocked 17-year-old survivor Miriam Einangs.

Stine Haheim, a Labour party lawmaker who was on the island, said the gunman had carried out his killings methodically.

Shooter was calm

"He was very calm. He was not running, he was moving slowly and shooting at every person he saw," she said.

Stoltenberg, as he visited some of the survivors, spoke of his own anguish at the massacre on an island to which he was a frequent visitor. He had been due to give a speech on Saturday to the camp, organised by his Labour party.

Norwegian police said they feared there could also be explosives on the island. According to a spokesperson for a farming co-operative, the suspect bought six tonnes of fertiliser - which can be used to make bombs - in May.

There was widespread international condemnation, with US President Barack Obama saying the attacks were "a reminder that the entire international community has a stake in preventing this kind of terror from occurring".

Pope Benedict XVI was "profoundly saddened" by news of the attacks, the Vatican's Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said in an open letter to Norway's King Harald V.

The Norwegian capital is a well-known symbol of international peace efforts and home to the Nobel Peace Prize.

Comments
  • Thabo34 - 2011-07-24 07:35

    A "Christian fundamentalist"! How in the world can police spokesperson Roger Andersen make that statement? Did what Anders Behring Breivik do seem like an act of Jesus? The term Christian means to be like Christ. Galations 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. You decide!

      Trolepatrole - 2011-07-24 07:58

      Yeah now you can see how ordinary Muslim's feel if some people commit acts like this in the name of Islam. Of course you get Christian fundamentalists too that's willing to kill in the name of Christianity. Why are you surprised?

      marco - 2011-07-24 08:15

      Anders Behring Breivik shows no attrition or remorse in what he's done instead wrote a 1500 page document/manifesto titled 2083-A European Declaration of Independence,in which he makes continuous references to the Knights Templar,a Masonic order (Freemasons)of which he was a member and that no longer exist. Scandinavian or Nordic countries are prone to far right extremism and anti-Muslim extremist groups.The rhetoric on immigration and Islam in Scandinavia has become harder in some fringe groups.It makes South Africa's xenophobia attacks look silly in some respects.Last autumn,a party with an anti-immigration agenda was voted into the Swedish parliament,and in Denmark,the Danish People's Party has gained popularity in recent years on its tough stance on immigration issues.Better known as "Marxism" or or neo-Nazi leanings.Anders Behring Breivik was one of them and he wanted the world to hear what he had to say.Why kill innocent children to achieve that goal of his?These people he killed posed no threat to him on the island of Utøya and had nowhere to escape.He could have just rounded them up and hold them as hostages and in this way raise awareness about the threats of multiculturalism in Europe.Why kill?People didn’t need to die for his message to get through. 0 0 Reply to marco | 0 comments (hide) | Delete

  • SA_Mizdat - 2011-07-24 07:48

    So a Christian fundamentalist with Nazi sympathies opens fire and kills...whom? Mostly white Christians judging by the news images? Why not target immigrants or others' religious symbols? What kind of self-respecting Neo-Nazi is going to murder fellow Aryans?

      Trolepatrole - 2011-07-24 08:01

      What kind of self respecting person would become a neo-nazi?

      2WhiteStars - 2011-07-24 17:10

      That's what I can't understand either - why not just target a mosque. The fact is immigration is a problem and Muslim immigration even more so. But opening fire on the indigenous White population - huh?

  • Zenzele - 2011-07-24 07:58

    He is not a Christian, this is an insult to us christians. He is just a sick, twisted MURDERRER! he does not even belong to prison, his rightful place is in the HANGING GAS CHAMBERS!. How can he he kill people like this, OH1 God help us. If he was in America he was going to receive a death penalty which he deserves, I don't about the laws of Norway.

      Borderite - 2011-07-24 08:40

      Erm...I'd suggest reading Christ's words in His sermon on the Mount...you have no more right to call for his horrible death than Breivik had to commit these terrible crimes

  • Juggernaut - 2011-07-24 08:00

    As nutty as a fruit cake.

  • lysdexia - 2011-07-24 08:07

    I know I am going to pick up flak for saying this, but when a whitie decides to cause trouble,the shirt really hits the fan. Something the ethnic population of this country might take time to ponder.

  • Lo - 2011-07-24 08:11

    http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/07/who-added-christian-and-conservative-to-norway-shooters-facebook-page-yesterday.html

  • marco - 2011-07-24 08:14

    Anders Behring Breivik shows no attrition or remorse in what he's done instead wrote a 1500 page document/manifesto titled 2083-A European Declaration of Independence,in which he makes continuous references to the Knights Templar,a Masonic order (Freemasons)of which he was a member and that no longer exist. Scandinavian or Nordic countries are prone to far right extremism and anti-Muslim extremist groups.The rhetoric on immigration and Islam in Scandinavia has become harder in some fringe groups.It makes South Africa's xenophobia attacks look silly in some respects.Last autumn,a party with an anti-immigration agenda was voted into the Swedish parliament,and in Denmark,the Danish People's Party has gained popularity in recent years on its tough stance on immigration issues.Better known as "Marxism" or or neo-Nazi leanings.Anders Behring Breivik was one of them and he wanted the world to hear what he had to say.Why kill innocent children to achieve that goal of his?These people he killed posed no threat to him on the island of Utøya and had nowhere to escape.He could have just rounded them up and hold them as hostages and in this way raise awareness about the threats of multiculturalism in Europe.Why kill?People didn’t need to die for his message to get through.

  • Ian - 2011-07-24 08:33

    he is a liar as well, the snot nose nazi bastard had help, no doubt about it

      shame - 2011-07-24 08:59

      This is what Norway paid other people to do and supported terorist groups for many years in African countries to plant bombs and kill many innocent people maybe it's payback time. Did'nt we send our school children out to face the bullets first in the street to get killed because the adults were cowards and also to gain sympathy of the world and now the supporters use children to get attention. It,s very easy to use nazi and apartheid as hate words to try and make people criminals. Maybe those people have the right to be Scandinavian and and not a mixed up lot of smarties with outside religions to mess up their countries. The shooter is also only claiming his country back like the anc shooters Why bother to write everbody in SA know better than the next guy.

  • 106SA - 2011-07-24 08:44

    In Norway the nation is in national mourning after the murder of 92 people.May their souls rest in peace and my condolences to all their loved ones.In South Africa...50 people are murdered EVERY DAY.Year in and year out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      marco - 2011-07-24 09:03

      @106SA No such "condolences for the 50 people that are murdered EVERY DAY in South Africa.Year in and year out!!!!!" only "condolences to all their loved ones" in Norway that gets it right.And by the way,these Nordic people you condole with that lives far,far away you don't even know personally and yet you can't even breathe one breath of sympathy for your own people that might by fighting for their lives right at this minute as I write this down.

  • Anton - 2011-07-24 09:52

    The time has come; to reject ANY KIND of extremism, it being racist or religious or plain hatred, and to stop the ones who propagate this.

      nvl - 2011-07-24 11:43

      In other words: All political parties should be outlawed!! because there isn't one party in this whole wide world that is NEUTRAL or centre! All religions should be outlawed because all religions are based on fundametalism!! Long live pantheism!

      Anton - 2011-07-24 13:45

      nvl, Sorry, but this is not a clever remark. Off course we can have our differences, even harsh ones if necessarily, but we should do so, without insulting and threatening each other

  • kilo39 - 2011-07-24 10:43

    Slice him open from chest to navel and let his demons out!

  • Peter - 2011-07-24 11:22

    I spent 9 month living in Oslo in 2008. I found the people of Norway to be kind, gracious, and peace loving. This is a horrible tragedy and my prayers and condolences go to the Norwegian people and the family of those who have lost loved ones.

  • Mmoledi - 2011-07-24 11:39

    DISASTER! WORLD NEED TO BE ON ALERT OF SUCH COWARDS AND HUNT THEM DOWN.

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