Police say no evidence of Breivik link with UK

Tom Lawrence
Wednesday 27 July 2011 10:30 BST

There is no evidence of links between mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik and the English far-right, according to Norway's domestic intelligence chief.

Janne Kristiansen, director of the Norwegian Police Security Service, said no proof has yet been found to link the 32-year-old gunman to right-wing extremists in the UK.

It has been widely reported the man who admitted killing 76 people in twin attacks in Oslo and Utoya on Friday had made internet postings on British nationalist websites.

But Ms Kristiansen said: "I can tell you, at this moment in time, we don't have evidence or we don't have indications that he has been part of a broader movement or that he has been in connection with other cells or that there are other cells."

The intelligence chief told the BBC she did not believe the killer was insane, but calculating and evil, and someone who sought the limelight.

This morning, Norwegian police safely detonated a cache of explosives discovered at a farm rented by Breivik, who is believed to have used fertiliser to make the bomb which killed eight people in the capital.

Breivik said in his rambling 1,500-page manifesto that he had rented the farm and created a fake business as cover for ordering six metric tons of fertiliser.

Police would not reveal the quantity of explosives found at the leased farmstead in Rena, about 100 miles north of the capital, but said the detonation was carried out safely.

The controlled blast came after police named four of the 76 people murdered by Breivik, including three caught up in the city centre bombing and a man shot dead in the Utoya Island gun rampage.

Gunnar Linaker, a regional secretary of the Labour Party's youth wing which organised the youth camp on the island, was named as one of the victims.

His father, Roald, called the 23-year-old from the northern village of Bardu "a calm, big teddy bear with lots of humour and lots of love".

The three victims of the Oslo bombing were named as Tove Aashill Knutsen, 56, Hanna M. Orvik Endresen, 61, and Kai Hauge, 33.

The Norwegian media has published the names and photos of around 30 other victims.

Breivik has admitted he was behind the atrocities, but he denies criminal responsibility and has pleaded not guilty to the charges he faces.

Five days after the tragedy rocked the Scandinavian country, Norway remains on a heightened state of alert.

Parts of Oslo's central station were evacuated this morning as police investigated an abandoned suitcase.

Olav Nordli, a spokesman for the Norwegian Railway Authority, said the luggage was found in the area where buses depart for Oslo's airport.

Police sealed off the area and were examining the abandoned case.

Cabinet ministers were due to return to their offices today after a car bomb exploded in the government district of the Norwegian capital.

Meanwhile, internet users around the world are being asked to pay their respects by observing an online one-minute silence at 5pm GMT, by not using social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.


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