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Norway terrorist's lawyer says he will 'explain reasons for blast on Monday


July 24, 2011 - Oslo (Norway)

A lawyer representing a Norwegian suspected of involvement in Friday's bombing and mass shooting in Oslo that claimed 92 lives, has said that the latter will reveal why he did what he did on Monday.

The CNN television channel quoted lawyer Geir Lippestad as telling Norwegian broadcaster TV2 that he was representing 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik in connection with the twin terror attacks.

Lippestad has revealed that Breivik has described the terrorist attacks as "horrible," but "in his head (they) were necessary."

While they have only arrested one suspect, police in Norway have not ruled out the possibility that someone else may have been involved in the explosion in Oslo and a shooting at a youth camp on Utoya island

We're not sure it's just one person... based on statements from witnesses, we think there may be more," Acting National Police Chief Sveinung Sponheim said Saturday.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said Saturday that many world leaders had reached out to him after the tragedy.

"The world is with Norway at the moment. That will not restore the lives lost, of course, but it gives support and they hope it will help in their grief," he said.

Together with Norway's king, queen and crown prince, Stoltenberg visited with victims' family members and survivors of the attacks at a hotel.

Vivian Paulsen, a spokeswoman for the Norwegian Red Cross, said that the survivors are in varied emotional states-with some "very vocal" and others more guarded.

"Many of them are in shock, and they will need help for a long time," Paulsen told CNN on Saturday.

The prime minister said it's too early to tell how the massacre will change Norwegian society.

"But I hope we will maintain" the things that make Norway unique, Stoltenberg said.

U.S. President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon both talked Saturday with Stoltenberg to extend their condolences and, in the case of Obama, to offer assistance, those two leaders' offices said in statements.

Ban's conversation came the same day that the U.N. Security Council issued a statement condeming the attacks and stating "that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security."

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