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Tue Dec 23 04:14:37 CAT 2014

Norway killer asks to see prison pastor

Sapa-dpa | 08 August, 2011 17:19
File photo of Anders Behring Breivik (L), the man accused of a killing spree and bomb attack in Norway.
Image by: SCANPIX NORWAY / REUTERS

The Norwegian man who has admitted to two attacks that two weeks ago killed 77 people has asked to see a pastor in the prison where he is being held, his attorney said Monday.

Anders Behring Breivik, who was arrested on July 22, was feeling the pressure of being in solitary confinement, attorney Geir Lippestad told the online edition of the Aftenposten daily.

Breivik was remanded in custody on July 25. He has admitted to planting a car bomb in Oslo that killed eight and a shooting rampage at a Labour Party youth camp that left 69 dead.

This week pyschiatrists were set to begin their evaluation of Breivik. Prosecutor Pal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby on Monday said Breivik's 1,500-page manifesto published just prior to the attacks would likely be a key component in efforts to assess him.

Kraby also told a news conference that police would set up a designated telephone number this week where victims and bystanders could be registered.

"Victims of the attacks could be eligible for legal help and other assistance," Kraby said.

Authorities estimated there were 600-700 people who could be counted as victims of the attack at the island of Utoya where the shooting took place. That tally included members of emergency services and nearby campers who tried to help the victims. The potential number affected by the bomb in Oslo was likely even higher, he said.

In Oslo, several hundred employees gathered at noon near the ruined 17-storey building where the prime minister's office and the justice ministry was located.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg lauded the government employees for "taking on exceptional challenges for a nation in shock and mourning."

The justice ministry released several photos from the interior of the building showing the carnage caused by the car bomb.

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