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Breivik holding back, say police

A Norwegian prosecutor has said he is concerned that the man who has confessed to killing 77 people is declining to give information that could determine if he had accomplices.

Anders Behring Breivik has confessed to the July 22 shooting massacre at a youth camp conducted by the governing party, in which 69 people died, and the car bombing hours earlier in Oslo's government quarter that killed eight.

Breivik denounced Norway's left-leaning government and its tolerance of Muslim immigration in a manifesto issued shortly before the attacks. In the manifesto, he claimed contact with extremists elsewhere.

Prosecutor Christian Hatlo said: "We still think he was alone, but we cannot conclude about that. He holds back some information, and that worries us."

Mr Hatlo also said Breivik has been questioned about his travels to 10 other countries and about equipment bought for the attacks. He declined to say more on either thread of inquiry.

The 32-year-old Breivik appears to have planned the attacks meticulously, but failed to anticipate one consequence - that he would be held in isolation after his arrest.

"He told us he had not thought of that, and he should have," said Mr Hatlo.

Earlier, former prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, who left the Utoya island youth camp just hours before the massacre, said the day will be remembered as one of the country's darkest.

Speaking at the funeral of 16-year-old victim Marianne Sandvik in the south-western city of Stavanger, a tearful Mr Brundtland said "the loss of a young life can never give any meaning."

Mr Brundtland, who was premier for 10 years, led a left-leaning government with liberal immigration policies. In his manifesto, Breivik denounced Mr Brundtland.


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