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Norway’s Breivik planned more attacks, police say

INVESTIGATION:The self-confessed killer told police he had financed the attacks himself and that he had been saving money for some time to fund his actions

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Anders Behring Breivik planned more attacks than the bombing and shooting spree that killed 77 people, Norwegian police prosecutor Paal-Frederik Hjort Kraby said.

“He wanted to do more, that we know. But if he wanted to do that ... the same day or [at another time] we don’t know for sure,” Hjort Kraby said on Saturday.

Norwegian media reported that right-wing extremist Breivik, who has claimed responsibility for the attacks, had also planned assaults on the royal palace and the headquarters of the ruling Labor Party.

Although it is still not clear whether he acted alone or was working with other “cells,” as he said following his arrest, police seem to be favoring the first scenario.

Hjort Kraby was asked if he had said anything to investigators about his plans going wrong.

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“He has mentioned that he was alone, and that because he was alone the logistics were more difficult, with the cars and the transport, and he’s been telling us that’s why things took more time than he had expected,” he said.

Breivik had been saving money for some time to be able to fund his actions, the police prosecutor added.

“He has said that he’s been -financing all this by himself, he’s been working very hard to save money to use it in his actions,” Hjort Kraby said. “And obviously this is something we’re checking by going through his properties and his bank accounts.”

The self-confessed killer, who has admitted responsibility, but declined to enter a guilty plea, has fully cooperated with police investigations so far, according to Hjort Kraby.

“He’s very calm and very willing to talk, so from the investigation point of view, it’s very good,” the prosecutor added. “We have not finished and we don’t have all the answers.”

According to the Verdens Gang tabloid, the royal palace was a possible target because of its symbolic value.

The Labor Party headquarters were also in Breivik’s sights, the paper said, because of the party’s role in creating the multicultural society he loathed so much.

The tabloid, which did not reveal its source, also said investigators suspected Breivik had had trouble making explosives beyond those that killed eight people in the Oslo blast, which targeted government offices.

Another 69 people, mainly youths, were killed in the shooting spree at the summer camp on the island of Utoeya held by the Labour Party’s youth wing.

A day after the first victims of the attacks were buried, Norwegians scattered roses in tribute to the country’s emergency services, which took the strain in the aftermath of the carnage.

TRIBUTES

Oslo Cathedral hosted a special service in tribute to the police, ambulance drivers, first aiders and firemen, who were among those first on the scene in the wake of the attacks.

As leading politicians and Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon joined them, the Norwegian Symphony Orchestra and other musicians did them honor.

Norwegian rapper Karpe Diem was among them.

“Never have I loved Norway so much as this past week,” he said.

Breivik, 32, believed he was engaged in a struggle to defend Europe against an Islamic invasion and despised anyone who believed in democracy, his lawyer, Geir Lippestad, has told the media.

Norway’s police intelligence unit, the PST, concluded in a report that there was no cause to raise the threat level in the country, given the “unique” nature of the July 22 attacks.

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