Friday 13 December 2019

Man sets himself on fire outside Anders Behring Breivik trial

The man was conscious and groaning as he was taken away on a stretcher
The man was conscious and groaning as he was taken away on a stretcher

Richard Orange

A MAN has set himself on fire outside the courtroom where Norwegian extremist Anders Breivik is being tried on terror charges.

Norwegian newspaper VG posted a video clip of the man who appeared to be Norwegian, shouting, “Shoot me! Shoot me!” when he reached the court security, before pouring an inflammable liquid over himself and setting himself alight.

"There were police officers on site and the fire was put out quickly," police operations leader Finn Belle said. "The man received burn injuries and was transported to Oslo University Hospital."

Despite damage to his stomach and chest, the man was conscious and groaning as he was taken away on a stretcher.

Belle said police had yet to determine if the self-immolation had anything to do with the trial.

"One would think there is one connection or another but we don't have any information on that," he said.

Breivik has confessed to killing eight people with a car bomb in Oslo, and then a further 69 in a shooting spree at a Labour party youth camp on the island of Utoya. But he has described the attacks as “necessary” to awaken Norway to the threat he believes is posed by Islamic immigration.

Three days ago the brother of one of Breivik’s victims flung a shoe at the confessed killer and urged him to "go to hell" in the first violent protest against the 33-year-old extremist.

At the end of last month some 40 000 people gathered at a square near the courthouse to sing Children of the Rainbow, by Norwegian folk singer Lillebjorn Nilsen, a song Breivik has told the court he hates.

On Tuesday the court heard the stories of a further six of those wounded on the Island of Utoya, several of whom were among the 47 who survived the siege of a school building on the island, blocking themselves inside and hiding as Breivik repeatedly poked his gun through the windows, shooting anyone he could.

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