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July 25th, 2011
07:45 PM ET

Norway police looking into claim that cells helped terrorist suspect

Oslo, Norway (CNN) - The suspect in the deadliest attack in Norway since World War II has acknowledged carrying out the mass shooting and bombing and claims to have worked with two cells, a judge said Monday.

Judge Kim Heger said the suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, acknowledged carrying out Friday's bombing and shooting, but has said they were necessary to prevent the "colonization" of the country by Muslims. Breivik accused the Labour Party, whose members were targets of the mass shooting, of "treason" for promoting multiculturalism, the judge said.

Police refused to release information about their investigation into the possibility that two cells aided Breivik, saying Monday that a court hearing was closed so as not to disclose any evidentiary information.

During his court hearing Monday, Breivik appeared "very calm," a police official said. "He was very concise in trying to explain why he was trying to do this," the official said. He has pleaded not guilty, police said Monday.

Two court psychiatrists will be assigned to the case, police said.

Monday's hearing was closed to the public for "security reasons and because of a concern that it would impede the investigation," court communications director Irene Ramm told CNN.

Afterward, Heger told reporters that he had ordered that Breivik remain in custody for eight weeks, until his next scheduled court appearance. Authorities continue to investigate the bombing in Oslo and the mass shooting at a nearby island that together killed at least 76 people. If police need more time, they can petition the court for it, he said.

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  1. Stan

    God Bless the people in Norway. The people of the United States wish all of you the best and we will keep you in our prayers.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  2. Stan

    You Republicans will be the down fall of the United States. In trying your Damdest to make President Obama look bad, by any means nessary your bringing the United States Down. Taxing 2% of the Richest in the World would be very smart, how in the hell do you think they made that money in the first place, from the middle class and the poor. The Oil Companys that pay NO taxes, how in the hell did that ever happen!! Lets stop the Racism toward Presodent Obama, it's obvious what you Republicans are trying to do, the sad thing about it is that other Countrys see your true COLORS towards the president, you all should be ASHAME of yourself.

    July 25, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  3. Tommie

    It's sad. It's like playing tug of war and the American people are in the middle. It is not right that some people pay their taxes and others use ways and means to avoid paying their share of taxes.

    July 25, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  4. Jared J

    Anderson, you are missing some big points, why? did you know the day before the shooting at the island, there was a pro-PALESTINE rally, and norway supports a free palestinian state, in opposition to ISRAEL. also did you know the shooter is totallly PRO-ISRAELI, look it up, it's all online, and no, not on conspiracy crackpot sites, real news sites show this to be true. YOU'RE MISSING THE TRUTH, this was an pro-israeli/anti-palestine massacre

    July 25, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  5. Tom Fitzpatrick

    Having been a former life long Republican, former County Vice-Chairman and a campaign Manager trained by Henry Hyde's staff I am ashamed to have ever been associated with these goons. They have let a faction of religious head-cases hijack the party. I can't believe that the senior citizens are going to sit back and watch the Republican Tea Party cut their benefits in favor of the 1%-ers, the oil companies and the investment bankers who will once again line their pockets at the expense of the retired, the poor and the young generation. WAKE UP AMERICA! These clowns have to go!

    July 25, 2011 at 9:43 pm |