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article imageBreivik charged with terror attacks

By Layne Weiss     Mar 7, 2012 in Crime
Oslo - Anders Behring Breivik, the man who confessed to attacks which left 77 dead and 242 injured in Norway has been charged with terrorism, BBC News reports.
Prosecutors believe that Breivik is mentally ill, and will seek to have him committed to a psychiatric facility than imprisoned.
Breivik's lawyer, Geir Lippestad says his client is actually pretty disappointed by this.
"He wants to get sentenced to prison because he thinks he is sane," Lippestad told Norway's NRK channel. He feels that he made these actions based on rational considerations.
On July 22, 2011, Breivik disguised himself as a police officer, and detonated a bomb near government offices in Oslo, Norway, killing eight people and wounding 209. After, Breivik, still dressed in uniform, drove to a summer youth Labor Party camp being held on the Island of Utoya, and went on a shooting spree that lasted about 72 minutes. He killed 69 people-mostly teenagers-and wounded 33. A few others died falling or drowning.
The attacks shocked the world, and are considered the worst act of violence in Norway since Word War II.
According to prosecutors, a total of 900 people were affected by Breivik's attacks, 325 in Oslo and 564 on the Island of Utoya, but only those who were killed or seriously injured (119 total) will be named at the trial.
Breivik, who has been described as a right-wing, anti-immigration extremist, has never expressed much regret for his crimes. He wrote an estimated 1500 page manifesto confessing to the attacks and claiming his victims were 'traitors' for embracing immigration policies which he believes will result in an "Islamic colonization of Norway."
Breivik's trial is set to begin April 16.
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