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Father of Norway shooter: He should have killed himself

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Father of Norway shooter: He should have killed himself

Jorge Hernandez July 26, 2011

Not long after Anders Behring Breivik allegedly killed 76 people in a terrorist attack that rocked Norway last week, his father said he should have taken his own life as well. According to CBS News, Jens David Breivik told the Swedish newspaper Expression that he wished his son had killed himself after the attacks.

"How could he just stand there and kill so many innocent people and just seem to think that what he did was OK?" he said in the interview. "He should have taken his own life too. That's what he should have done."

Instead, Breivik willingly gave himself up as police approached the besieged Utoya island. However, he only did so after reportedly having shooting at the youth camp situated there for as long as 90 minutes.

The interview also shed some light on the relationship between father and son. The elder Breivik told the publication that he had barely spoken to his son since 1995, and that the last time they talked was likely more than 10 years ago. According to CBS, police had to surround Breivik’s house in France to ensure his safety.

Outside of the information given by his father, much about Breivik remains uncertain. Despite pleading not guilty, the Associated Press reports Breivik has admitted to the bombing and shooting which took place last Friday. He claims that his actions were motivated by the desire to save Europe from a "Muslim domination" and he has appeared calm and entirely at ease with the crime he allegedly committed.

Although the stiffest penalty Norwegian courts can levy on any suspect is 21 years behind bars, the chances are high that Breivik will stay in prison much longer as there is a special sentence that can be given to ensure dangerous prisoners are in jail for an indefinite amount of time.