Norway Suspect Wanted Anti-Muslim Revolution

From the Jakarta Post

Oslo, Norway. The man blamed for attacks on Norway’s government headquarters and a youth retreat that left at least 92 dead said he was motivated by a desire to bring about a revolution in Norwegian society, his lawyer said on Sunday.

A 1,500-page manifesto that he is believed to have written ranted against Muslim immigration to Europe and vowed revenge on “indigenous Europeans” who he accused of betraying their heritage.

Although the lawyer for the 32-year-old Norwegian suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, said his client acted alone, police conducted raids on a garage and sheds in an industrial neighborhood of eastern Oslo.

Breivik did, however, note that he doesn’t hate Muslims in any fashion and that “I have had several Muslim friends over the years, some of which I still respect.”

Survivors of the mass shooting on Utoya island that killed at least 85 young people reported seeing two assailants, and police have said they were looking into those accounts and had not ruled out a second suspect. Another seven people were killed in Friday’s bombing in an Oslo government building.

In all, 92 people were killed and 97 wounded. There are still people missing at both scenes.

Six hearses pulled up at the shore of the lake surrounding the island on Sunday, as rescuers continued to search for bodies in the water. Body parts remain inside the Oslo building, which housed the prime minister’s office.

Police and his lawyer said that Breivik confessed to the twin attacks, but denied criminal responsibility for Norway’s deadliest ever day in peacetime. He has been charged with terrorism and scheduled for arraignment today.

Police said a forensics expert from Interpol would join the investigation on Sunday. Other offers of international assistance have been turned down.

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