Oslo: The father of the young man
suspected of single-handedly killing 93 people in Norway`s
worst post-war tragedy told a newspaper he was in a state of
"I was reading the news on the Internet and suddenly I
saw his name and picture," Anders Behring Breivik`s retired
father told Norway`s Verdens Gang paper.
"I am in a state of shock, it`s absolutely horrific to
hear that," said Jens Breivik, who currently lives in France.
Breivik senior, who is divorced from the suspect`s
mother, said he knew nothing of his son`s plans and explained
he had not had contact with him since 1995 when he was 15 or
"We never lived together but we had some contact
during his childhood," he said. "When he was younger, he was
an ordinary boy but not very communicative. He was not
interested in politics at the time."
The 32-year-old was arrested following the twin
attacks which left 93 people dead on Friday and sent
shockwaves through the usually peaceful country.
The suspect confessed to perpetrating a car bomb
against Oslo`s government quarters and going on a shooting
spree during a Labour Party summer camp on a nearby island.
Breivik, who described in a manifesto released on the
Internet how he planned the attacks over years, told police he
acted alone in what would be one of the worst acts of violence
by a single man in recent memory.
The suspect mentions his father in the tract, who he
says was a diplomat posted to London and Paris and who
remarried after his birth, while his mother married a soldier
who became his stepfather.
He wrote that his biological father and his wife had
asked for custody of the boy but were prevented by the
"I had a good relationship with him and his new wife
until I was 15," he wrote.
Their contact then ended, with Breivik writing that
his father "didn`t much like my graffiti period between the
ages of 13 and 16."
In the manifesto he said his biological parents were
both Labour Party supporters.