Norway mourns terror victims
Norway mourned yesterday 93 people killed in a shooting spree and car bombing by a Norwegian who saw his attacks as “atrocious, but necessary” to defeat liberal immigration policies and the spread of Islam.
In his first comment via a lawyer since his arrest, Anders Behring Breivik, 32, said he wanted to explain himself at a court hearing today about extending his custody.
In a rambling manifesto before the attacks, Breivik said he was part of a crusade to fight a tide of Islam.
“He has said that he believed the actions were atrocious, but that in his head they were necessary,” Geir Lippestad said.
The lawyer said Breivik had admitted to Friday’s shootings at a Labour party youth camp and the bombing that killed seven people in Oslo’s government district a few hours earlier.
However: “He feels that what he has done does not deserve punishment,” Lippestad told NRK public television.
“What he has said is that he wants a change in society, and in his understanding, in his head, there must be a revolution.”