Norway suspect's father 'in shock': paper

24th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

The father of the young man suspected of single-handedly killing 93 people in Norway's worst post-war tragedy told the Verdens Gang newspaper he was in a state of shock.

"I was reading the news on the Internet and suddenly I saw his name and picture," Anders Behring Breivik's retired father told the Norwegian paper.

"I am in a state of shock, it's absolutely horrific to hear that," said Jens Breivik, who currently lives in France.

He said he knew nothing of his son's plans and explained he had not had contact with him since 1995.

"We never lived together but we had some contact during his childhood," he said. "When he was younger, he was an ordinary boy but not very communicative. He was not interested in politics at the time."

The 32-year-old was arrested following the twin attacks which left 93 people dead on Friday and sent shockwaves through the usually peaceful country.

The suspect confessed to perpetrating a car bomb against Oslo's government quarters and going on a shooting spree during a Labour Party summer camp on a nearby island.

Breivik, who described in a manifesto released on the Internet how he planned the attacks over years, told police he acted alone in what would be one of the worst acts of violence by a single man in recent memory.

© 2011 AFP

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