July 24, 2011 / 11:12 AM / 7 years ago

Norway police say killer behind 1,500 page manifesto

OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian police on Sunday confirmed that a 1,500-page violent anti-Islamic manifesto was published by Anders Behring Breivik on Friday just hours before he killed at least 92 people.

The first page of a book downloaded from a link posted on the Norwegian discussion website, www.freak.no, and entitled "2083 - A European Declaration of Independence", is seen in this screen grab made July 23, 2011. REUTERS/Andrew Berwick via www.freak.no/Handout

The online book describes the planning, explosives making and violent philosophy that lead to the bombing in downtown Oslo and shootings at a Labour youth camp nearby.

“This manifesto was published on the day of the events,” Oslo’s acting police chief Sveinung Sponheim told a news conference. “We have confirmation of that.”

The killings would draw attention to the manifesto, called “2083-A European Declaration of Independence”, Breivik wrote.

“Once you decide to strike, it is better to kill too many than not enough, or you risk reducing the desired ideological impact of the strike,” he wrote.

He also attacked “the Islamic colonisation and Islamisation of Western Europe” and “rise of cultural Marxism/multiculturalism”.

“He wishes to change society,” Breivik’s lawyer Geir Lippestad told public broadcaster NRK.

The lawyer earlier said that his client “believed the actions were atrocious, but that in his head they were necessary.”

The lawyer also said that his client wanted to explain himself in court on Monday.

(Reporting by Terje Solsvik; Editing by David Cowell)

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