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Gunman: Two more cells exist

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The man who has confessed to carrying out a bombing and shooting spree that left 76 people dead in Norway will be held for eight weeks, half of that in complete isolation, after a closed hearing in which he said his terror network had two other cells.

Anders Behring Breivik has confessed to the attacks but denied criminal responsibility, pleading not guilty on Monday to one of the deadliest modern mass killings in peacetime.

He told the court he wanted to save Europe and send a strong signal, Judge Kim Heger said after a closed court hearing.

Breivik could tamper with evidence if released, and will be held for at least another two months without access to visitors, mail or media, the judge said. Typically, the accused is brought to court every four weeks while prosecutors prepare their case, so a judge can approve his continued detention. Longer periods are not unusual in serious cases.

He staged the bombing and youth camp rampage as "marketing" for his manifesto calling for a revolution that would rid Europe of Muslims, he said.

Reporters and locals thronged the courthouse on Monday ahead of the hearing for their first glimpse of Breivik since the assault. When one car drove through the crowd, people hit its windows and one person shouted an expletive, believing Breivik was inside.

Peaceful, liberal Norway has been stunned by the bombing and the shooting massacre. Breivik blames liberals for championing multiculturalism over Norway's "indigenous" culture.

The half-brother of Norway's Princess Mette-Marit was one of the people killed in the mass shootings on Utoeya Island, the royal palace announced.

Palace spokeswoman Marianne Hagen said that 51-year-old off-duty policeman Trond Bernsten died during Friday's massacre.

Breivik told police he intended to target former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, Oslo newspaper Aftenposten said.

Brundtland, who led three Labour Party governments in the 1980s and 1990s and is often called "mother of the nation", gave a speech on the island the day of the slaughter and left before Anders Behring Breivik arrived.


1. How many people died in the shooting spree?

2. How long is the accused held for?

3. What is Brundtland often called?


1. 76

2. Eight weeks

3. mother of the nation

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Gunman: Two more cells exist

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Gunman: Two more cells exist

Lee Hannon is Chief Editor at China Daily with 15-years experience in print and broadcast journalism. Born in England, Lee has traveled extensively around the world as a journalist including four years as a senior editor in Los Angeles. He now lives in Beijing and is happy to move to China and join the China Daily team.