'Hatred of the other' reason for Norway attacks, says Merkel

23rd July 2011, Comments 0 comments

German chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday blamed "hatred of the other" as the probable reason behind the deadly attacks in Norway where at least 90 people died.

Merkel called on the world to fight this "common enemy".

"We don't exactly know what brought about this crime (...) But hatred is one of the reasons," said Merkel.

"Hatred of the other, of someone who is different, who looks different (...) This kind of hatred is our 'common enemy,'" said Merkel.

"Everyone who believes in freedom, respect and living together peacefully should fight against this hatred", she added.

Merkel telephoned Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg to offer her condolences following the bombing and shootings, which left at least 92 people dead.

Friday's massacre is the worst in Norway since the Second World War. Police have arrested and charged a 32-year-old Norwegian man with both attacks.

The media have identified him as Anders Behring Breivik.

© 2011 AFP

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