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Monday, July 25, 2011

TERROR ON NORWAY: Norway Attacker May Have Had Accomplices; Death Toll Lowered!

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By STEVEN ERLANGER and ALAN COWELL, / Published: July 25, 2011.

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Anders Behring Breivik, left, leaving the courthouse in Oslo in a police car on Monday.

OSLO — The 32-year-old man accused of devastating twin attacks in Norway now maintains that two cells of extremists collaborated with him, court officials said here Monday as they ordered solitary confinement for the suspect. The police also significantly reduced the confirmed death toll in the Friday attacks to 76 instead of 93 — still one of the worst mass killings in postwar Europe.

The defendant, Anders Behring Breivik, appeared at a closed arraignment hearing here as Norwegians paused in grief and self-examination for a minute’s silence to mourn the victims from the summer camp shooting rampage and bombing in downtown Oslo. Hundreds of ordinary Norwegians filled the narrow streets outside the Oslo courthouse, some shouting angrily at cars they thought might have been carrying Mr. Breivik into the back entrance for his appearance.

It was not immediately clear how the police had miscounted the number of dead, which happened as rescuers were attempting to tally the victims of the summer camp shooting. The police had earlier said 86 had died at the camp, and on Monday lowered the number to 68. They also revised upward the number of dead in the bombing, from seven to eight. Judge Kim Heger said Mr. Breivik had been charged under criminal law with “acts of terrorism,” including an attempt to “disturb or destroy the functions of society, such as the government” and to spread “serious fear” among the population. Speaking at a televised news conference, Mr. Heger said that Mr. Breivik had acknowledged carrying out the attacks but had pleaded not guilty, because he “believes that he needed to carry out these acts to save Norway” and western Europe from “cultural Marxism and Muslim domination.

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