Thursday, July 28, 2011

Norway’s self-styled Crusader no ‘lone wolf’

Norwegian mass-murderer had accomplices, says operation meant to ‘send a powerful signal that couldn’t be mistaken’.

By Roddy Thomson — Oslo,

Middle East Online, July 26, 201

‘Two further cells in our organisation’
More than 100,000 Norwegians thronged central Oslo on Monday in a vigil for the victims of a last week’s attacks hours after the suspect told a court hearing that he had an active network of accomplices.

Anders Behring Breivik, the gunman who said he was behind the massacre of 76 people, did not plead guilty and was remanded in custody for eight weeks while the investigation into last Friday’s twin gun and bomb attacks continues.

As thousands of flower-carrying Norwegians filed through the city centre in an overwhelming show of both grief and solidarity, even Behring Breivik’s father said he wished his son had taken his own life.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg admitted the country would be changed permanently by last Friday’s car bombing in Olso and mass shootings on a nearby island, but vowed to ensure it remains an open society.

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