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Anders Behring Breivik (born 13 February 1979) is a Norwegian Christian citizen, and the suspected perpetrator of the 2011 Norway attacks, although it is yet unknown if he acted alone. On 22 July 2011, he allegedly approached a Labour Party youth camp on UtÃ¸ya island, posing as a police officer, and then indiscriminately opened fire on the adolescents present, reportedly killing at least 80. He has also been linked with the bomb blasts which had taken place approximately two hours earlier in Oslo. He was arrested on UtÃ¸ya, and is currently in police custody. Following his apprehension, Breivik was characterized by officials as being a right-wing extremist.
Breivik studied at the Oslo Commerce School, and is described by newspaper Verdens Gang as Conservative and nationalist. He is also described as a one-time freemason. He expresses his sympathies for Winston Churchill and Norwegian anti-Nazi World War II hero Max Manus on his alleged Facebook profile.
According to the newspaper VG, he has no previous history with the police, apart from traffic violations. According to the same source, Breivik has a Glock pistol, a rifle and a shotgun registered to his name. Breivik moved in late June or early July to the rural small town of Rena in Ã…mot, Hedmark county, west of Oslo, where he operated a farming sole proprietorship under the name "Breivik Geofarm". It has been speculated that he could have used the company as a cover to legally obtain large amounts of artificial fertilizer and other chemicals for the manufacturing of fertilizer explosives.