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Man sets himself on fire outside Anders Breivik's trial

A man set himself on fire outside the court where Anders Behring Breivik is on trial.

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Anders Behring Breivik has confessed to the July 22 attacks but denies criminal guilt, accusing his victims of being “traitors” for embracing immigration laws he says will allow the Islamic colonization of Norway. A man set himself on fire outside the courthouse where Breivik is on trial on May 15, 2012. (LISE ASERUD/AFP/Getty Images)

An unidentified man set himself on fire outside the courthouse where Anders Behring Breivik was on trial for the bombing and shooting attacks of July 22, on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

The police told the AP that the man had doused himself in flammable liquid, set himself on fire and tried to enter the building. The police were nearby and the fire was put out quickly. The man was taken to Oslo University Hospital with burn injuries.

Police spokesman Kjell Jan Kverme said the police believe the man is a Norwegian citizen, but they are not 100 percent certain. They also do not know if the incident is connected to the Breivik trial which has been going on since mid-April, reported the AP.

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Inside the courtroom, people wounded in the shooting spree on Utoeya island on July 22 testified against Breivik, according to AFP.

Breivik has confessed to the killings of eight people in a bombing in Oslo and another 69 in the shooting spree, but has not pled guilty, saying he was protecting Norway's culture from a "Muslim invasion."

In Friday's court session, the brother of a victim threw a shoe toward Breivik, hitting one of his defense lawyers, reported CNN.

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Marta-Johanne Svendsen, 17, who was wounded in Breivik's shooting spree, told the courtroom, "It was perhaps the worst screaming I've ever heard," according to the BBC.

Some of those who testified survived the shooting spree by hiding, but many, like Ina Rangoenes Libak, were shot and survived. After being shot in the arms, jaw and chest, she ran down a corridor, thinking, "this is what it's like to die, I'm dying."

Another witness said Breivik appeared "very, very calm and also very pale," during the shooting, according to the BBC.

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