Dad of Norway Killer: Son Should Have Killed Himself

Former diplomat says he'll never speak to son again
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2011 1:14 PM CDT
Jens Breivik, the father of Anders Behring Breivik, says his son should have killed himself instead of killing innocent people.   (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

(Newser) – The father of accused Norway attacker Anders Behring Breivik says his son should have killed himself instead of taking the lives of 76 innocent people. Jens Breivik, a retired diplomat, has disowned his estranged son, reports the New York Times. "The last thing he should have done, instead of killing so many people, is to kill himself," he told a Norwegian television station. "I'll never ever have any contact with him again."

Norwegian police lowered the death toll in the attacks from 93 to 76, reported Reuters, citing difficulties in obtaining information from the shooting scene. The elder Breivik, who lost custody of his son when he was a child, says, "I view this atrocity with absolute horror. My condolences go out to all those who have suffered because of this. I am in a state of shock and have not recovered."

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