Saturday, 23 July 2011

Suspect in deadly Norway attacks charged

The suspect in the twin attacks Friday that killed dozens of people in Norway was identified early Saturday as a 32-year-old Norwegian farmer, thought to have extreme right-wing, Christian fundamentalist views.

TV2, the country's largest broadcaster, and the newspaper Dagbladet identified him as Anders Behring Breivik, 32, describing him as a member of right-wing extremist groups.

There were reports that police had confirmed his identity, but an Oslo police spokesperson told NBC News that they had not done so.

Police said the suspect had been charged with both the shooting attacks at the island youth camp where he was arrested and the bombing of government buildings earlier Friday.

TV2 said Behring Breivik had an automatic weapon and a Glock pistol registered in his name.

The suspect was cooperating with police early Saturday, authorities told Dagenblat.

At a news conference Saturday, deputy police chief Roger Andresen declined to comment on the possible motive for the killings, but said: "We have no more information than ... what has been found on (his) own websites, which is that is goes toward the right (wing) and that it is, so to speak, Christian fundamentalist."

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