As investigators piece together a profile of Anders Bering Breivik, the suspect from Friday’s twin attacks in Norway, their inquiries are likely to centre around his farm in the rural village of Asta. The 32-year-old moved there a month ago.
Neighbours say they could not believe they were living next to a mass murderer. Anne Pederson told euronews: “We noticed he had not farmed the land properly. He received a lot of fertiliser but didn’t use it on the land.”
Michael Tomala, an ex-classmate of Bering Breivik, said school friends could never imagine he would be responsible for such terrible attacks.
“It seems he’s taken a whole new direction since we knew him at secondary school,” he said. “I don’t recognise him at all from this type of behaviour.”
Bering Breivik was a member of Norway’s right-wing Progress party, which is the second largest in parliament. He left in 2007.
Party leader Siv Jensen called his terror attacks “a despicable act directed at everyone in Norway, against all the values we believe in.”
“My thoughts go out to all those affected by this terrible act. We must now stand together,” she said.