Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Norway killer's father in ‘state of shock'

Share this article

09:31 CEST+02:00

The France-based father of the Norwegian man accused of the Oslo bombing and a shooting spree at a youth camp has spoken of his shock at his son’s actions.

 

Jens Breivik, a retired diplomat, lives in a village in the Aude region in the south of France.

“I was reading about what happened online when I suddenly saw his name and photo,“ he told Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang.

His son, Anders Behring Breivik, is under arrest for detonating a bomb in central Oslo on Friday and then shooting a large number of people, many of them teenagers, on the island of Utoya.

Jens Breivik told the newspaper he divorced his son’s mother shortly after he was born and that he and his son have been estranged since 1995.

“We have never lived together although we were in touch when he was a child,” said Mr Breivik.

“When he was young he was just an ordinary boy, although quite reserved. He wasn’t interested in politics back then.”

Mr Breivik remarried and worked as a diplomat in London and Paris. He claims to have asked for custody but this was denied.

 

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.

From our sponsors

Change the world with a master's degree from Sweden's Linköping University

Master's students at world-leading Linköping University (LiU) aren't there simply to study. They solve real-world problems alongside experts in fields that can create a better tomorrow. Do you have what it takes to join them?

Advertisement