Police: Oslo Suspect a Christian with Anti-Islam Views

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The scene in Norway is being described as a "nightmare" as investigators try to piece together the motive behind two attacks that killed at least 92 people.

Norwegian suspect Anders Behring Breivik is in custody, although police are uncertain whether only one person was involved in the twin attacks.

Authorities said Saturday that the powerful explosion that ripped through government buildings in Oslo was a car bomb. At least seven people died in that attack.

Even more devastating, the gunman opened fire nearby on Utoya island, killing at least 85 young people at a political youth camp.  Police say the gunman fired shots for 90 minutes.

"It is incomprehensible. It is like a nightmare," Norway Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said. "A nightmare for the young people who have been killed. For their families. Mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters who have been brutally confronted with death."

CBN News spoke with Fred Gjestad, staff reporter for Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten.  He said the prime minister was scheduled to speak at the youth camp Saturday.

Aftenposten Staff Reporter Fred Gjestad spoke to CBN News by phone from Norway. Listen to his report below.

"He has been there (for the camp) every year since 1975," Gjestad said. 

"He was very touched by this attack," he continued.  "Some speculate that it's an attack on his party, but today Norway stands together no matter the political color because this feels like an attack on Norway."  

Gjestad said the attacks were "like Columbine and Oklahoma City in one day for us."  As he traveled by boat to the scene on Utoya island he said, "There are still bodies visible at the waterfront."

Gjestad also told CBN News that churches have opened their doors for prayer as residents deal with the shock and hurt of the attacks. 

More on the Suspect

Police say the man they have in custody in connection to the massacre is not a radical Muslim.  Instead, they've described 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik as a "fundamentalist Christian" with conservative political views.

Authorities say he's a freemason, was a member of the country's conservative Progress Party, and sometimes posted anti-Islam comments online.

Website entries under Breivik's name criticized European policies of trying to accommodate various cultures.  He claimed many young British Muslims were becoming radicalized.

"When did multiculturalism cease to be an ideology designed to deconstruct European culture, traditions, identity and nation-states?" he asked in one entry posted February 2, 2010 on the website www.document.no.

"According to two studies, 13 percent of young British Muslims aged between 15 and 25 support al Qaeda ideology," he said in another entry.

In a single message on his Twitter page, Breivik recently quoted British philosopher John Stuart Mill saying, "One person with a belief is equal to a force of 100,000 who have only interests."

Investigators know that in May, Breivik bought six tons of fertilizer, which is often used to make bombs.

Breivik did manage an organic farm. The farming group that sold him the fertilizer said his order was relatively standard for an individual growing crops.

On Facebook, Breivik listed the games "Call of Duty" and "World of Warcraft" among his interests. Following the shooing, online players took to a European gaming forum. At least two posters described Breivik as a friendly man who "couldn't harm a fly."

"The person (the suspect), playing on Silvermoon, was a nice guy," one user wrote. "Nothing he's done in this game or with people from this game can explain what was done yesterday."

International Response

Norway Justice Minister Knut Storberget called the attacks "cowardly."  His office building was among those damaged by the Oslo bomb. 

"I have a message to those who attacked us," he said. "It's a message from all of Norway: You will not destroy our democracy and our commitment to a better world."

Following Friday's blast, President Barack Obama extended his condolences to the people of Norway, and assured anyone involved in the attack would be sought after.

"We don't have information yet, but I wanted to personally extend my condolences to the people of Norway," Obama said.

"It's a reminder that the entire international community has a stake in preventing this type of terror from occurring, and that we have to work cooperatively together both on intelligence and in terms of prevention of these kinds of horrible attacks," he said.

Although Friday's attacks haven't been linked to an Islamic group, Norway has been investigating a series of homegrown terror plots connected to al Qaeda.

The nation has been plagued with terrorism concerns since 2005, when cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad sparked violent protests in the Muslim community.

Officials say this is Norway's worst attack since World War II.

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