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Oslo police refute Breivik's claim of terrorist network, saying he acted alone

Anders Behring Breivik, who confessed to last summer's terror attacks in Norway, claims to be part of the Knights Templar, a pan-European militant nationalist group.


Confessed mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik enters court as the trial against him continues in Oslo, Norway, Tuesday, May 29.

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Norwegian police have concluded that confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik acted alone in last summer’s twin terror attack that claimed 77 lives, despite his claim that he is part of a wider terrorist network.

Kenneth Wilberg, the Oslo police officer leading the investigation, told the court today that Breivik had neither “physical nor mental” helpers in his bombing attack on government buildings in Oslo and shooting rampage at a Labour party youth summer camp on Utøya island. 

“The police have not found any grounds that Knights Templar exists in the manner in which the accused describes,” Mr. Wilberg said. 

Breivik claims he was part of a pan-European militant nationalist organization called Knights Templar whose goal is to fight the Islamic colonization of Europe. He blames the Norwegian Labor party in particular because of its lenient immigration policy.  

Wilberg said the police have identified 949 people, mostly media and Norwegian politicians, who received a copy of Breivik’s political manifesto by e-mail. However, it could not identify among the 8,109 e-mail addresses, some of which had encrypted accounts, the alleged member of the Knight Templar to whom Brevik claims to have sent a copy of “2083: A European Declaration of Independence.” 

“It’s not like looking for a needle in a haystack,” said Wilberg. “It’s more like looking for a needle among 8,000 needles.” He added that the investigation was still ongoing while the trial proceeds.

Vidar Sæther, police superintendent at Norway’s National Bureau of Crime Investigation, told the court that the bureau believed Breivik’s trips to Liberia in 2002 were “economically motivated” by his desire to earn money from trafficking blood diamonds. Breivik claims he was there to meet with a Serbian war hero who would later send him to London to establish Knights Templar. 


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