31 Jul 2011

Oslo killer considered other targets - police

6:12 am on 31 July 2011

Police in Norway say the man who committed the bombing in Oslo and the massacre on the island of Utoeya on 22 July, has said under interrogation that he considered other targets.

Anders Behring Breivik was questioned for a further 10 hours on Friday to verify details from previous sessions and answer new points.

Police will not confirm reports that he had considered attacking the royal palace and the Norwegian Labour Party headquarters.

Mr Breivik, 32, admits killing 69 people at a Labour Party youth camp on the island of Utoeya, two hours after eight died in a bomb explosion near government buildings in central Oslo.

On Friday, lawyer Geir Lippestad told Aftenposten newspaper that his client continued to show no remorse, saying the killings were ''a necessary act ... a war against the rule by Muslims''.

The attacks have traumatised Norway. Funerals began on Friday for the 77 people killed in the attacks.

The BBC reports that such has been the demand for roses to mourn the dead that the government has suspended duty on foreign imports of the flower until Tuesday.