Breivik: I Suffered a Loss, Too

Admitted Norway terrorist apologizes, but not to those he killed
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2012 7:00 AM CDT
Breivik: I Suffered a Loss, Too
Anders Behring Breivik during the morning break on day 6 of the trial in Oslo Monday April 23, 2012.   (AP Photo/Lise Aserud ,POOL)

(Newser) – Anders Behring Breivik knows how the families of his victims feel, he explained on the stand today, because he too lost loved ones when he went on a killing spree in Norway last year. "When people say they have lost their most beloved, I also lost my entire family, I lost my friends," he says. "It was my choice. I sacrificed them, but I lost my entire family and friends on 22 July. I lost everything. So to a certain extent, I understand." He also apologized for the first time, the BBC notes—but not to his intended victims. Rather, he apologized to the bystanders who were injured when he bombed Oslo government buildings, since he does not consider them members of Norway's "ruling elite" and thus not his enemies.

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As for the rest of his victims, Breivik maintained that he is not sorry, and would go through with the attacks again "even knowing" that many of his victims at a Labour Party camp "were under 18 years old." He chose his victims at the camp based on their appearance, Reuters reports: "Certain people look more leftist than others," and those apparent "Marxists" were the ones he shot, he explained, while letting a boy who looked "right-wing" live. Today is Breivik's last scheduled day of testimony, the New York Times reports; witnesses of both attacks will testify next in the 10-week trial. (Read more Anders Behring Breivik stories.)

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