Norwegian police to question Brits in terror probe

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Posted: Sep 01, 2011 10:24 AM
Norwegian police to question Brits in terror probe

Norwegian police will question several British citizens in their search for potential accomplices of confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, authorities said Thursday.

Prosecutor Paal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby said the names of other Britons came up when police questioned British anti-Muslim blogger Paul Ray last week. Investigators say they haven't yet found any evidence that Breivik had any accomplices, but don't rule out the possibility.

The British citizens will be questioned shortly in Norway or in Britain, he said.

Breivik was questioned again Wednesday about the Oslo bombing and shooting spree on July 22 in which he killed 77 people.

The questioning was focused on Breivik's anti-immigration manifesto, his alleged links to a group called the Knights Templar and potential ties to Britain, Hjort Kraby said.

Breivik claims he carried out the attacks as part of a network of modern-day crusaders _ the Knights Templar _ to launch a revolution against a Europe spoiled by Muslim immigration, and that there are other cells ready to strike.

Ray, an Englishman who writes an anti-Muslim blog, has said he was one of the founders of the Knight Templar, but claims he doesn't know Breivik and is not the mentor cited in the Norwegian's rambling manifesto.

After being questioned by police last week, he said he had been "completely honest and open with the police ... and they know I don't have anything to do with this."

This week police have also searched the farm where Breivik built the bomb he used in the attack and confiscated some 1,000 objects, Hjort Kraby said.

He said police consider bringing Breivik back to the farm for more detailed questioning about how he constructed the bomb, but haven't made any such decision yet.