2011-07-23 15:47:21 UTC
Norway suspect 'fundamentalist Christian'
July 24, 2011 - 1:24AM
Police say the Norwegian suspect in the two attacks that left at least 92
dead described himself as a fundamentalist Christian, as evidence emerged
that he had flirted with the political far-right.
The 32-year-old, previously unknown to police, was arrested on Friday after
a bomb blast in central Oslo killed seven people and a shooting rampage at a
youth camp near the capital left at least 85 dead and scores wounded.
Local media have identified him as Anders Behring Breivik, whose picture on
his Facebook page shows a man with longish blonde hair and piercing eyes.
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The posting lists his religion as "fundamentalist Christian" and his
political opinions lean "to the right", police said.
"He has certain political traits that lean to the right and are anti-Muslim
but it is too early to say if that was the motive for his actions," police
commissioner Sevinung Sponheim told public television NRK on Saturday.
In less than two hours on Friday the suspect allegedly carried out two
attacks that appeared to target the ruling Labour Party.
The first strike was a bomb attack near the offices of Prime Minister Jens
Stoltenberg and those of other ministers in the heart of Oslo's government
In the second attack, about 40km from the capital, the suspect allegedly
masqueraded as a police officer before opening fire on young people
attending an island camp run for Labour's youth wing.
The head of the populist right-wing Progress Party (FrP), Siv Jensen, said
on Saturday she was sorry to learn that the suspect had been a party member
between 1999 and 2006 and for several years a leader in its youth movement.
"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," she said in a statement on the party's website.
He was also a member of a Swedish neo-Nazi Internet forum named Nordisk.
Nordisk hosts discussions rangingfrom white power music to political
strategies to crush democracy, according to the Stockholm-based Expo
foundation that monitors far-right activity.
Behring Breivik's Facebook profile says he is "conservative", "Christian",
and "single", interested in hunting and video games such as World of
Warcraft and Modern Warfare 2.
On an Internet debate site www.document.no in 2009, he expressed his
frustrations with the Progress Party. In their desperate attempt to satisfy
multicultural expectations and "the suicidal ideals of humanism, they have
thrown the baby out with the bath water", he wrote.
He also said he was the manager of an organic farm, Breivik Geofarm, which
would have given him access to raw materials that could be used to make
He reportedly bought six tonnes of fertiliser in May, an agriculture
Tax records, which are open to the public in Norway, show that the suspect
listed no income for 2009 and modest sums in the previous years.
On his Twitter account, Behring Breivik posted only one message, dated July
17, in English adapted from a quote by British philosopher John Stuart Mill.
"One person with a belief is equal to a force of 100,000 who have only
interests," he wrote.