Killer 'considered other targets'
Published 31/07/2011 | 05:00
The anti-Muslim extremist who confessed to a bombing and youth camp massacre that killed 77 people in Norway has told investigators he also considered attacking other targets linked to the government or the prime minister's Labour Party, police said yesterday.
During a 10-hour questioning session on Friday last, Anders Behring Breivik asked interrogators how many people he had killed in the July 22 attacks, and "showed no emotion" when they told him, police attorney Paal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby said.
The 32-year-old Norwegian has confessed to setting off a car bomb that killed eight people in downtown Oslo and then gunning down scores of youths from the left-leaning Labour Party at their annual retreat on an island northwest of the capital. Sixty-nine of them died.
Mr Kraby said Breivik had considered other possible targets as he prepared what Norway's Police Security Service has described as a meticulously prepared attack by a "lone-wolf".
Mr Kraby declined to confirm a report in Norwegian tabloid 'VG' saying Breivik had described the Royal Palace and the Labour Party's head office as potential targets. The paper did not cite its sources.
"They were targets that one would say are natural for terror attacks," Mr Kraby told reporters.
Breivik released a 1,500-page manifesto before the attacks in which he ranted against Muslims and a left-wing political elite he claims is destroying Europe's cultural heritage by allowing unfettered immigration.