Norway Shooter Hung Up on Police Twice Before Surrendering

Breivik said he was ready to surrender after 'fulfilling his operation'

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Only days after Norwegian police took Anders Behring Breivik back to Utoya island to reconstruct his hour-long slaughter of 69 people there in July, new details continue to emerge about the assault. Today police announced that Breivik called police twice to surrender while on Utoya island, only to hang up on authorities each time. In the first call, which came a little less than half an hour before he was arrested, Breivik identified himself as "commander Anders Behring Breivik, of the Norwegian anti-communist resistance movement." In the second call, which occurred only one minute before he was captured, Breivik asked to be transferred to the commander of the anti-terror police unit and added that he was ready to surrender because "I have fulfilled my operation," according to the AP. Each time Breivik hung up the police weren't able to reestablish contact with him.

The newest revelations speak to the issue of police responsiveness during Breivik's killing spree. According to the AP, Breivik's lawyer Geir Lippestad previously told the Norwegian press that his client had murdered more people on the island after not receiving a satisfactory response from the authorities. The AP adds that more than an hour elapsed between the first eyewitness calls to the police about shooting on the island and Breivik's eventual arrest.

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