Detain 'Right-Wing Christian Fundamentalist' Anders Behring Breivik After Atrocities Norway Bombing, Killing Spree: Police
police have charged a man Saturday, whom reports are describing as a
“right-wing fundamentalist Christian”, in connection with the bombing in
Oslo, and youth camp massacre on Friday that left 92 people dead.
- (Reuters/TV2 Norway via Reuters TV)A
photograph of Norwegian attack suspect Anders Behring Breivik is
broadcast by Norwegian television July 23, 2011. Police detained the
tall, blond suspect, named by local media as Anders Behring Breivik, and
charged him for the killing spree and the bombing of government
buildings in Oslo. A suspected far-right gunman in police uniform killed
at least 84 people in a ferocious attack on a youth summer camp of
Norway's ruling Labour party, hours after a bomb killed seven in Oslo.
tragedy has shocked the world, and it is believed that the death toll
will rise as the search for those unaccounted for continues.
have not yet specifically identified the man they have charged, but a
number of media outlets have named him as 32-year-old Anders Behring
Breivik. Reports have highlighted Facebook and Twitter accounts under
that name that cited philosophers Machiavelli and Kant, and states: “One
person with a belief is equal to the force of 100,000 who have only
The atrocities are the worst Norway has seen since
World War II, with at least 85 people confirmed dead from the Utoya
Island shootings. The isolated island is situated nearly 20 miles
northwest of Oslo, and was hosting about 600 campers. It appears that
many had gathered in the camp’s assembly hall to be informed about the
earlier bombings in Oslo.
Witnesses have also come forward telling
that the alleged Christian fundamentalist wore a police uniform, which
he used to deceive his victims.
Witness accounts explain that at
one point the gunman persuaded several youths who were hiding to come
out to him. Believing him to be a policeman there to save them the
youths rushed out only to be gunned down by the merciless attacker.
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reports are portraying Breivik as a “gun-loving” Norwegian native who
had become angry and obsessed by multiculturalism and Muslim immigration.
reports have placed a second gunman on the island, although no official
confirmation has been given on that information. Norwegian newspaper VG
reported that one survivor has said he saw a second gunman holding a
pistol and carrying a rifle. He describes this attacker as dressed in
civilian clothing as opposed to Breivik’s police uniform.
“We are not sure whether he was alone or had help,” a police official, Roger Andresen, said at a televised news conference.
He added, “What we know is that he is right-wing and a Christian fundamentalist.”
Breivik has not been linked to any anti-jihadist groups, he added.
“As for right now, one man has been apprehended for this, that’s all I can say,” Andresen said.
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