TEARS flowed as Norway united yesterday to mourn 93 people killed in the shooting spree and car bombing by a home-grown fanatic who saw his attacks as "atrocious, but necessary" to defeat liberal immigration policies and the spread of Islam.
Via his lawyer, mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, said he wanted to explain himself at a court hearing today.
In a rambling manifesto before the attacks, Breivik said he was part of a crusade to fight a tide of Islam.
"He has said that he believed the actions were atrocious, but that in his head they were necessary," Geir Lippestad said.
King Harald and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, were among mourners at a service in Oslo cathedral, where the premier spoke emotionally about the victims, some of whom he knew.
"This represents a national tragedy," he declared.