Alleged Norwegian terrorist confesses, says he “acted alone”

Reporter Jon Magnus was sitting at his desk when the explosion knocked him over. He later told CNN: “We’ve been so lucky in this part of the world — it happened every other place, but not here, and now it has happened.”

Norwegian police say the man they arrested for the bomb blast and a shooting that same day at a camp for teenagers openly admitted to the charges, and told his interrogators that he “acted alone”. 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik faces 21 years in prison under Norwegian law for two incidents that have killed at least 93 people and injured 96 more, with many victims still missing.

The bomb blast occurred near the Prime Minister’s office in the center of Oslo at 3:26 p.m. local time Friday, killing at least seven people. Police say it is likely that they will find the remains of more victims as they sift through the rubble.

At 4:50 p.m. that same day, a man described as being dressed in a police uniform began shooting people at a youth camp run by the governing Labour Party on Utoeya island, 24 miles from the Norwegian capital city. Eyewitnesses say he shot people at random during the hour and a half it took for police to arrive. The police were delayed by difficulties in obtaining a safe boat crossing. Breivik surrendered to authorities without a struggle. His defense lawyer says he ran out of bullets by the time police arrived, but Norwegian police deny this.

Breivik has not pled guilty to the charges, nor has he told police why he carried out the attacks, but a 1,500-page manifesto and video released online shortly before the attacks has surfaced. It appears to be from Breivik, though this has not been confirmed.

An image of Anders Behring Breivik, the man accused of a shooting and bombing in Norway that claimed at least 93 lives.

The manifesto, entitled “2083: A European Declaration of Independence,” advocated a Europe-wide revolution and civil war to eliminate Muslims, multiculturalism, and “cultural Marxism”. It advocates what its author calls “cultural conservatism” and “monoculturism”. The author claims he does not oppose Muslims who “fully integrate” into European society, but opposes what he calls “Islamic colonisation and Islamisation”.

It includes a Q&A section where he imagines himself answering questions in an interview. It also includes many pages copied and pasted from the manifesto of Ted Kaczynski, the “Unabomber”. The author imagines himself as a modern-day version of the medieval Knights Templar, and uses imagery reminiscent of World of Warcraft.

The manifesto includes a diary reference, where the author claims to “have prayed for the first time in a long time“, praying for victory for “the warriors fighting for the preservation of European Christendom”.

King Harald V of Norway, his wife, Queen Sonja, and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg attended a memorial service for the victims, laying white flowers among the many flowers and candles left in honor of the victims.

Norway’s Parliament is set to meet for a memorial service as well.

Information from BBC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and Time.


According to BBC News, Breivik now claims he has “two cells” working with him; police are investigating the claim.

Norwegian police have also revised the death toll: 76 people were killed; 68 from the shooting on the island and eight from the bombing.

Breivik gave a statement to Judge Kim Hedger in a preliminary hearing, which the judge summarized for the press. According to the judge, Breivik’s goal was to create the greatest loss possible to Norway’s Labour Party. Judge Hedger ruled that Breivik could communicate only with his lawyer, and could not receive any other visitor or letters.

I have also learned from BBC News and CNN that the 21-year maximum prison sentence mandated by Norwegian law can be extended in exceptional cases if the prisoner poses a continued danger to society.

Finally, I have learned from MSNBC that Breivik intended to prepare for his “martyrdom” by “hiring prostitutes and drinking French wine”.