Norway intelligence boss reckons Breivik a lone wolf

Police doubtful of claims that confessed killer of 76 part of wider network; Intel chief says Breivik too calculating to be insane.

July 27, 2011 23:41
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Norwegian terror suspect Breivik leaves court

Norwegian terror suspect Breivik leaves court 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Jon-Are Berg-Jacobsen/Aftenposten via Scan)

OSLO - Norway has no indication that the confessed killer behind Norway's July 22 attacks had accomplices or was part of a wider network, the head of the Norwegian Police Security Service said on Wednesday.

Janne Kristiansen also said she did not believe Anders Behring Breivik was insane, saying he was too calculating.

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"So far we have no indication that he has any accomplices or that there are more cells," Kristiansen told Reuters.

"When we have finished this stage of investigation, we have to sit down, police and security services all over the world, and consider what we can do differently and what we can do to avoid these lone wolves."

"This is going to be our main focus in the future."

Breivik is said to have given varying accounts of his actions when he carried out a bomb and a shooting attack that killed 76 people, first saying he operated alone and then telling a judge he was part of a wider network.

He told a court this week that two cells of collaborators were in his "Knights Templar" group that aimed to "save" Europe from Muslims.

Kristiansen said police had not ruled out that there could be others involved and that they were in touch with police in the rest of the world.

"We are working with the other security services in the rest of Europe, in America and the rest of the world," she said.

"As long as there is a tiny chance...we have to investigate it -- that is our main focus."

Kristiansen said Breivik's strategy is to spread fear to make sure he is kept in the limelight, partly achieved by saying he has other cells of sympathizers.

Asked about what Breivik calls the Knights Templar group, Kristiansen said it had existed at some point, but that security services have had no knowledge of it for a few years. She declined to disclose any more information.

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