Sunday 26 February 2017

Shooting suspect talking to police

Police detain a young man accused of carrying a knife outside a hotel where Norway's prime minister was meeting families (AP)
Police detain a young man accused of carrying a knife outside a hotel where Norway's prime minister was meeting families (AP)

A police official says the man suspected of carrying out a bombing and shooting massacre in Norway is cooperating.

Roger Andresen told reporters: "He is clear on the point that he wants to explain himself."

At least 91 people were killed when a gunman opened fire on an island outside Oslo. That followed a bombing in the capital that killed seven. One man is suspected in both.

Police also said that the suspect had posted on websites with Christian fundamentalist tendencies.

Public broadcaster NRK and several other Norwegian media identified the suspected attacker as Anders Behring Breivik, a blond and blue-eyed Norwegian who expressed right-wing and anti-Muslim views on the internet.

Norwegian news agency NTB said Breivik legally owned several firearms and belonged to a gun club. He ran an agricultural firm growing vegetables, an enterprise that could have helped him secure large amounts of fertilizer, a potential ingredient in bombs.

But he didn't belong to any known factions in Norway's small and splintered extreme right movement, and had no criminal record except for some minor offences, the police official told AP.

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