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My son should have shot himself, says father

John Bingham in Oslo

Published 26/07/2011 | 07:28

THE father of Oslo killer Anders Behring Breivik has said his son should have turned the gun on himself.

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Speaking last night, retired diplomat Jens Breivik (76) said he would have to live with the shame of his son's actions. He said of the massacre: "No one normal could do that."

Mr Breivik, who lives in the south of France, admitted it was a hard thing for a father to think his child should be dead, but he said he was filled with "despair" at what his son had done.

"I think that ultimately he should have taken his own life rather than kill so many," he told Norway's TV2.

"But when I think of what happened, I'm filled with despair.

"I still don't understand how something like this could happen."

Mr Breivik, who served at London's Norwegian embassy, said he had not seen his son for 15 years, but added: "I will never have any more contact with him."

After Mr Breivik's divorce from Anders' mother, Wenche, he sought custody of the boy, then a toddler, but was unsuccessful.

In his 1,500-page manifesto, the killer spoke about staying with his father and his new wife, Tore, in Paris and at a holiday home in Normandy.

He said he lost contact with them when he was 15, claiming his father had "isolated himself" from the family, and disapproved of his enthusiasm for graffiti.

Earlier, Mr Breivik said: "I don't feel like his father. I will have to live with this shame for the rest of my life. People will always link me with him."

Asked what he would say to his son if he got the chance to talk to him again, Mr Breivik told Sweden's Expressen newspaper: "I don't know. He must live in another world. I do not think he would understand. He has ruined so many lives. He must think of the consequences."

Mr Breivik and current wife Wanda (71) said they would not return to Norway. Mrs Breivik added that they had been given an armed guard on their home. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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