Right-wing Christian fundamentalist charged following Norway terror attack

THIRTY-TWO-YEAR old Anders Behring Breivik, arrested after yesterday’s bomb attack in Oslo and a random shooting at a youth camp on the Utoya Island, has been described as a right-wing Christian fundamentalist by the Norwegian police.

Anders Behring Breivik's Facebook photo

According to this BBC report, the police announced today that they had arrested Breivik over the two shocking terrorist attacks that killed at least 84 people, mostly teenagers attending a Labor Party youth camp, and another 7 people in the bomb attack in downtown Oslo.

While the police have refused to speculate about the suspect’s motives at this stage, they said that he appeared to be a right-wing Christian fundamentalist based on his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Police chief Sveinung Sponheim said Breivik’s internet postings:

Suggest that he has some political traits directed toward the right, and anti-Muslim views. But whether that was a motivation for the actual act remains to be seen.

Little is currently known about him apart from what has appeared the on social networking sites – and these entries appear to have been set up just days ago.

On the Facebook page attributed to him, he describes himself as a Christian and a conservative. The Facebook page is no longer available but it also listed interests such as body-building and freemasonry.

The gunman was described by witnesses who saw him on Utoeya island as tall and blond – and dressed in a police uniform. The image of him posted on Facebook depict a blond, blue-eyed man.

The Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang quoted a friend as saying that the suspect turned to right-wing extremism when in his late 20s. The paper also said that he participated in online forums expressing strong nationalistic views.

He had no military background except for ordinary national service and no criminal record, it seems.

A Twitter account attributed to the suspect has also emerged but it only has one post, which is a quote from philosopher John Stuart Mill: “One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100,000 who have only interests.”

As with his Facebook page, the tweet was posted on 17 July. It reveals very little about the man except an interest in libertarianism and a clear belief in the power of the individual.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn