Profile Emerges of Extremist Loner in Norway

Anders Behring Breivik posted in far-right forums against Islam, immigration
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2011 11:32 AM CDT
This screen grab of an undated photograph on Facebook shows Anders Behring Breivik.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The snapshot emerging of 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik, the suspect in Norway's twin attacks:

  • He is a self-described nationalist who posted in extreme right forums in Norway. He often complained about Islam ("I know of many hundred occasions where non-Muslims have been robbed, beaten up and harassed by Islamic gangs" reads one sample) and Norway's immigration policy.
  • He is thought to be a single, well-educated loner who lived with his mother in Oslo.
  • He ran some kind of a farm, which gave him access to large amounts of fertilizer that could be used to make bombs.

  • According to his now-removed Facebook profile, he likes Dexter, the video games World of Warcraft and Modern Warfare 2, body-building, and hunting. His favorite books are 1984 and Kafka's the Trial.
  • His lone post on Twitter is a John Stuart Mill quote: "One person with a belief is equal to the force of 100,000 who have only interests."
See more at CNN, Mashable, the Daily Mail, and the Huffington Post. (With the death toll approaching 100, police aren't ruling out a second shooter.)

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