• Norway's news in English
 

Breivik's island massacre was plan B: lawyer

Published: 18 Nov 2011 17:29 GMT+01:00
Updated: 18 Nov 2011 17:50 GMT+01:00

"It was clearly the result of the explosion that led to his decision to go to Utøya," where hundreds of young people were gathered for a summer camp hosted by the ruling Labour Party's youth wing, defence attorney Geir Lippestad told the VG daily.

On July 22nd, Behring Breivik, who has claimed to have been on a crusade against multiculturalism and the "Muslim invasion" of Europe, first set off a car bomb outside the government buildings in Oslo that house the offices of Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, killing eight people.

After that, he went to Utøya, some 40 kilometres northwest of Oslo, where, disguised as a police officer, he spent nearly an hour and a half methodically killing another 69 people, most of them teens.

According to VG, which gained access to transcripts of police interrogations of the confessed killer, Behring Breivik only decided to carry out the island massacre when he heard on the radio that the 17-floor government tower had not collapsed in the blast.

Police on Friday said it was "unfortunate" that the information had leaked out, and they were investigating to find the source of the leaks.

Lippestad meanwhile could not be immediately reached for comment.

Both police and the lawyer had in the past indicated that Behring Breivik had several specific targets in mind before he carried out his twin attacks, but have never revealed which ones.

According to VG though, the right-wing extremist had hoped to kill Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, who had visited Utøya a day earlier, former prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, who was on the island just hours before the attacks, or the head of the Labour Party youth wing Eskil Pedersen.

His aim, according to the paper, was to grab one of these top politicians and execute him or her while giving a speech and filming his actions.

None of the three alleged targets, who are all members of the same party, were hurt in the attacks, since Støre and Brundtland had left the island and Pedersen managed to escape the carnage on a small ferry to the mainland.

On Monday, the Oslo district court ruled that Behring Breivik could remain in custody for another 12 weeks.

A new custody extension hearing will be held on February 6th, and his trial is set to begin on April 16th.

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Jay Z set to buy Norway's Wimp
Jay Z used his controlling stake in Project Panther Bidco to launch his bid for Aspiro, the Swedish-listed company behind Wimp. Photo: Tor Erik Schrøder/Scanpix

Jay Z set to buy Norway's Wimp

US rap star Jay Z made a $56-million foray into the music streaming business Friday, buying Norway's Wimp in a bid to compete with giants like Spotify and Apple. READ  

Mad cow disease case confirmed in Norway
Photo: Frank May/NTB Scanpix

Mad cow disease case confirmed in Norway

Norwegian authorities confirmed an "atypical" case of mad cow disease Thursday but said that it posed no risk to public health. READ  

Norwegian chef wins world's top food prize
Ørjan Johannessen competes at the Bocuse d'Or Europe last May. Photo: Jessica Gow/NTB Scanpix

Norwegian chef wins world's top food prize

The world's most prestigious food competition, Bocuse d'Or, has wrapped up in Lyon, France, with a Norwegian talent taking the crown. READ  

Police seek boy, 7, abducted in Norway
A search party leaves Molde fire station. Photo: NTB Scanpix/Police

Police seek boy, 7, abducted in Norway

Police in Norway have put out an international appeal after a seven-year-old boy was abducted from a bowling alley. READ  

'Money didn't bring me to Madrid': Ødegaard
Photo: Terje Pedersen/NTB Scanpix/AFP

'Money didn't bring me to Madrid': Ødegaard

Norwegian football prodigy Martin Ødegaard said on Monday he joined Spanish giants Real Madrid for sporting reasons and not for the money. READ  

Norway's Jansrud takes Kitzbühel downhill crown
Jansrud during his victorious run on Saturday. Photo: SAMUEL KUBANI / AFP

Norway's Jansrud takes Kitzbühel downhill crown

Kjetil Jansrud of Norway joined the pantheon of greats to win the men's World Cup downhill at Kitzbühel on Saturday. READ  

Firm ditches Pegida chief for anti-Islam views
Max Hermansen has organized two Pegida marches in Oslo this year. Photo: Fredrik Varfjell / NTB scanpix

Firm ditches Pegida chief for anti-Islam views

Max Hermansen, the leader of the Norway branch of the anti-Islam movement Pegida, has been taken off the pay roll by a training organization because of his controversial views. READ  

Norway finds 'probable' case of mad cow disease
File photo: Bjørn Sigurdsøn/Scanpix

Norway finds 'probable' case of mad cow disease

Norway said on Wednesday it had detected a "probable" case of mad cow disease but urged consumers not to panic as it may not be the same variant as the British 1990s epidemic. READ  

Norway ranks second for cost of living
Staff celebrate a Michelin star for Ylajali in Oslo. We suspect they didn't have to pay for the meal. Photo: Erlend Aas/NTB Scanpix

Norway ranks second for cost of living

A new report shows Switzerland has the highest cost of living in the world, ahead of Norway. READ  

Six naked soldiers catch frostbite in Norway
Soldiers train in Setermoen. File photo: Rune Sævik/Scanpix

Six naked soldiers catch frostbite in Norway

Norwegian military police have launched an investigation after six rookie soldiers were sent out for a run stark naked in -20C temperatures. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Business & Money
FATCA: 'The age of financial privacy is over'
Politics
Solberg: The fight for freedom isn't won
National
Gaza doc named Norway's person of year
National
Norway extends Russian military freeze
National
Why has The Local got a new logo?
National
Kjell Inge Røkke tops Norway's Rich List
International
Surprise! Norway priciest for home comforts
National
Norway terror attacks to become TV drama
International
Malala: Youngest ever Nobel Peace Laureate
National
Norway celebrates 25 years of Sami politics
Business & Money
CurrencyFair: Why it pays when making overseas transfers
International
Norway best country for older people
National
Muslim centre wanted on site of Munch Museum
International
Norway to send military staff in fight against IS
National
Father warns Breivik 'more extreme than ever'
National
Four-year-old Norway girl sleepwalks 4km
Travel
Cruise line offers Northern Lights promise
National
10-tonne shark found dead off Norway coast
International
'If Snowden wins Nobel Prize, arrest him!': MP
Culture
VIDEO: Swim ace does 'Pool Rubik's Challenge'
National
Norwegian man in 7,000 litre 'Ice Truck Challenge'
Society
Norwegian brewery pulls 'fart-smelling' beer
Sport
Ødegaard: Norway's youngest player ever
National
Miracle cat survives 20 gunshots in Norway
National
Second death within hours at Chess Olympics
National
Norway and Sweden mark 200 years of peace
Culture
Interview: Helene Meldahl, selfie artist
Society
Now serving ... Norway's smallest bar
Travel
Floating Northern Lights hotel planned in Norway
National
Circus camel escapes again
National
Swiss bus driver charged with careless driving in fatal Norway crash
Society
Brit's charity tractor trek heads for Norway
National
Norway lifts Segway ban
Culture
GALLERY: Ten great songs about Norway
Society
Høie promises to reform sex change law
Education
Norway fjord invaded by monster jellyfish
Culture
VIDEO: Norwegian anti-Facebook film goes viral
Culture
Norway pop duo hits number 4 on US charts
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

275
jobs available