Oslo, Norway (CNN) — The suspect in the deadliest attack in Norway since World War II has acknowledged carrying out the mass shooting and bombing, and claims to have worked with two other cells, a judge said Monday. Anders Behring Breivik acknowledges carrying out the attacks, Judge Kim Heger said, but said the attacks were necessary to prevent the “colonization” of the country by Muslims. He accused the Labour Party, the target of the mass shooting, of “treason” for promoting multiculturalism, the judge said. Police are investigating the suspect’s claim that he worked with other cells to carry out the attacks, Heger said. Other court officials said they could not confirm the existence of the cells and referred questions to police. Heger ordered Breivik to remain in custody for eight weeks, until his next scheduled court appearance, as authorities continue to investigate a bombing in Oslo and a mass shooting at a nearby island that together killed nearly 80 people. Authorities originally said 93 had died but announced Monday that eight people were confirmed dead in the bombing and 68 confirmed dead the shooting, bringing the total number killed in the two attacks to 76. Also on Monday, police said they were still searching Utoya Island for shooting victims, adding that 50 officers were going through “to make sure there are no casualties left.” The suspect will be held in isolation for the first four weeks of his custody because of the possibility of tampering with evidence, Heger said. He will have access to his lawyer but no one else, and no letters or news, court officials said. Breivik, 32, is a suspected right-wing Christian extremist who appears to have written a 1,500-page manifesto ranting against Muslims and laying out meticulous plans to prepare for the attacks without being detected. CNN has not independently confirmed that Breivik is the author of the manifesto, which says it is designed to be circulated among sympathizers and bears his name. The judge spoke to news reporters after a hearing that was closed to the public for “security reasons and because of a concern that it would impede the investigation,” court communications director Irene Ramm told CNN. Breivik asked to wear a uniform to the hearing but was not allowed to, court official said. Police spokesman Henning Holtaas told CNN earlier Monday that details about the attacks and the numbers of dead would be released at a news conference later in the day. “It is important for Norwegian police to be 100% sure before releasing the names of the dead,” he told CNN. The Norwegian government called for a national moment of silence in their memory Monday, ordering trains halted as part of a nationwide observance to remember the victims of Friday’s bombing in downtown Oslo and shooting at a political youth retreat on Utoya Island. Court officials were among many who stood in silence to mark the moment at noon. The suspect has been charged with two acts of terror, one for the bombing and one for the mass shooting, Holtaas said. In Norway, the maximum sentence on such a charge is 21 years. However, if the court deems that a person could be a future threat, then they can be sentenced to “preventative detention,” Holtaas said. Under that type of sentence, a person would serve the maximum sentence of 21 years and then the court could assess an extension if the person was still deemed a threat, he said. Breivik, a Norwegian, has told investigators he acted alone and was not aided in the planning, acting National Police Chief Sveinung Sponheim told reporters Sunday. But authorities have not ruled out that others may have been involved or helped him along the way, he said. Sponheim said there has been “no progress” in ascertaining what the suspect’s motive might have been. But he said that investigators were studying a manifesto that authorities believe was published online the day of the attack. The suspect told investigators during interviews that he belonged to an international order, The Knights Templar, according to Norwegian newspaper VG, which cited unnamed sources. He described the organization as an armed Christian order, fighting to rid the West of Islamic suppression, the newspaper said. He also told investigators he had been in contact with like-minded individuals and said he counts himself as a representative of this order, it said. Holtaas declined to confirm the news report, saying “we are not commenting on such details.” The newspaper report mirrors statements in the manifesto. In the manifesto, there are photographs of Breivik wearing what appears to be a military uniform that features an altered U.S. Marine Corps dress jacket with Knights Templar medals. Historically, the Knights Templar were Christian Crusaders who helped fight against Muslim rule of the Holy Land in the Middle Ages, but the order was shut down 700 years ago. The manifesto with Breivik’s name on it refers to a “European Military Order and Criminal Tribunal (the PCCTS – Knights Templar) … created by and for the free indigenous peoples of Europe” in London in 2002. The manifesto rants against Muslims and their growing presence in Europe and calls for a European civil war to overthrow governments, end multiculturalism and execute “cultural Marxists.” The author of the document identifies himself as Breivik and indicates he is from Norway. CNN could not independently verify that Breivik wrote the document, and Norwegian authorities would not confirm that the man in their custody wrote the manifesto, saying it was part of their investigation. Authorities allege that Breivik killed eight people Friday by setting off a car bomb in downtown Oslo that targeted government buildings, then traveled 20 miles to Utoya Island and killed 68 teens and young adults in an ambush at a political youth retreat. The suspect was carrying a considerable amount of ammunition when he surrendered to authorities, Sponheim told reporters. Investigators will conduct autopsies over the next few days, Sponheim said, and the identities of the victims will be released once all the next-of-kin have been notified. Among those killed on the island was Trond Berntsen, the step-brother of Crown Princess Mette-Marit, according to a statement released by the Royal House Communications office. At least four people have not been accounted for around Utoya Island, with investigators searching the waters nearby for victims who may have drowned trying to escape the shooter. On Sunday, police raided a property the suspect owned in the eastern Oslo area of Slettelokka looking for explosives. “We were there with dogs but found nothing of any value as evidence,” Sponheim said. Police said Sunday that the area around the blast site would remain cordoned off, but members of the public in the area were not at risk. CNN’s Jonathan Wald, Michael Holmes, Jennifer Deaton, Erin McLaughlin, Chelsea J. Carter and Greg Botelho contributed to this report.
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July 25, 20113:34 pm
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