Norway mass murderer deems actions "atrocious but necessary"

(SPOT.ph) Thirty-two-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, who admitted to killing 93 people in a shooting spree and car bombing in Norway last Friday, July 22, described his attacks as "atrocious but necessary," reports Yahoo! News. An extreme rightist, Breivik said his actions would defeat liberal immigration policies and the spread of Islam.

 

"What he has said is that he wants a change in society and in his understanding, in his head, there must be a revolution," said Breivik's lawyer Geir Lippestad who added that his client feels he does not deserve punishment. Oslo's acting police chief Sveinung Sponheim also said, "He has admitted to the facts of both the bombing and the shooting, although he's not admitting criminal guilt."

 

Prior to the massacre, Breivik rented out a farm in the rural town of Rena, 93 miles from Oslo. According to MSNBC.com, town residents described him as a "city man" who seemed out of place in the rural neighborhood. Breivik posed himself as a farmer but "he had a PC bag with him and nice clothes ... we thought it was really weird that he was a farmer," Trine Stetten, a hairdresser who works in the neighborhood, said. In a pub, "he asked for a receipt and paid with cards-nobody here asks for a receipt for a beer, and we just throw them away," Hanne Skavern said.

 

Breivik's father, who has not been in contact with his son since 1995, expressed his shock after reading about the murders online. "I was reading the online newspapers and suddenly I saw his name and picture on the net," the father told the daily paper Verdens Gang. Childhood friends, meanwhile, described Breivik as intense but introverted. "I’m very surprised by this (attack). I had a good impression, although he became very engaged in subjects he cared for. He got very extreme about things he cared for," said Michael Tomola, who has known the murderer since he was 13.

 

According to the report, the entire country of Norway is mourning what has now been deemed as a "national tragedy." On Saturday, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg comforted victims and relatives alongside Norway’s King Harald, Queen Sonja and Crown Prince Haakon in the town of Sundvollen, near Utoeya Island, where the shooting took place. US President Barack Obama also expressed his condolences while Britain’s Queen Elizabeth spoke of her shock and sadness in a letter to King Harald. Mourners gathered around a makeshift shrine in Oslo on Sunday, paying their final respects to the victims, reports BBC.

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Victims chronicle the massacre in this BBC report. Click on photo for more.

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