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Report: Suspect in Oslo shootings wanted to kill ex-premier

Politics Materials 25 July 2011 11:09
The suspect in bomb and shooting attacks that left at least 93 dead around the Norwegian capital last week said he also hoped to kill former prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, a news report said Monday.
Report: Suspect in Oslo shootings wanted to kill ex-premier

The suspect in bomb and shooting attacks that left at least 93 dead around the Norwegian capital last week said he also hoped to kill former prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, a news report said Monday, dpa reported.

Anders Behring Breivik, 32, is charged with killing at least 86 people on the island of Utoya on Friday, where the ruling Labour Party was holding a youth camp. Seven also died in a bomb attack in Oslo earlier Friday.

He said under questioning that he had intended to shoot Brundtland during her presentation on the island earlier in the afternoon but he was delayed, a report by the daily Aftenposten said, citing police sources.

Labour member Brundtland, who was prime minister for three terms between 1981 and 1996, is referred to as a "murderer of the country" on a web posting thought to be connected to the suspect and his extremist anti-immigration position.

Breivik was to appear in court Monday, where he would speak about his actions, his lawyer said.

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