Man sets himself on fire outside Anders Breivik trial in Oslo


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An unidentified man set himself on fire today outside the courthouse where right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik is being tried on terror charges for a bombing and shooting massacre on 22 July last year.

Police operations leader Finn Belle told The Associated Press that the man doused himself in a flammable liquid and set himself on fire outside the entrance to the building.

"There were police officers on site and the fire was put out quickly," Belle said. "The man received burn injuries and was transported to Oslo University Hospital."

He said the man's identity or the motive for his actions were not immediately clear.

Asked whether the incident was connected to the trial going on since mid-April against Breivik, Belle said, "One would think there is one connection or another but we don't have any information on that," Belle said.

Breivik has admitted to setting off a car bomb that killed eight people outside the government headquarters in Oslo and then killing 69 people in a shooting rampage at the Labor Party's annual youth camp. He has shown no remorse for the attacks, saying the victims had betrayed Norway by embracing multiculturalism.