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Norway killer's father wishes son killed himself

world Updated: Jul 26, 2011 10:42 IST

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Norway killer Anders Behring Breivik's estranged father has disowned his son, saying he should have taken his own life instead of that of those he killed.

Jens Breivik split from Anders' mother, Wenche Behring, when Anders was aged one. He lost a custody battle to raise his son in France and then lost contact with Anders when he was a teenager, Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.

Speaking to a Swedish newspaper, Brevik said: "I don't feel like his father. How could he just stand there and kill so many innocent people and just seem to think that what he did was OK?"

"He should have taken his own life, too. That's what he should have done."

Expressing his sorrow and despair over his son's act, Breivik, who is a retired diplomat, said: "It's terrible. I'm deeply unhappy."

He said: "I become involved in this, whether I like it or not. I'm his father. I just hope that people will know that I have nothing to do with this."

"I will have to live with this shame for the rest of my life. People will always link me with him."

Breivik had three children from a previous marriage when he met Anders's mother, Wenche Behring. They broke their relation because of son Anders's increasingly unruly behaviour as a teenager.

On July 22, Ander sprayed bullets at a youth camp on Utoya island and triggered a bomb attack in government offices, including of the prime minister, in Oslo.

Anders has told the court that he "needed to carry out the attacks to save Norway and Western Europe from a Muslim takeover" and his intentions were to give a "strong signal to the people."

Meanwhile, police have revised the toll in the island attack to 68 from 80. The toll in the bombing rose one to eight, bringing the total number of dead to 76, a media report said.