No sign of European far-right terrorist network: Germany

29th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Germany's foreign intelligence chief said Friday he had no evidence of an international far-right terrorist network, after the self-confessed massacre gunman in Norway claimed to belong to one.

Ernst Uhrlau, head of the Federal Intelligence Service, told the daily Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung that right-wing extremism tended to be a nationalist phenomenon which did not translate into cross-border cooperation.

"We have no knowledge of a development of a cross-border militant movement or of a brand of international right-wing terrorism," he said.

Anders Behring Breivik boasted in a 1,500-page manifesto before the twin attacks that killed 76 people that he was one of up to 80 "solo martyr cells" recruited across Western Europe to topple governments tolerant of Islam.

Norway's intelligence service has been liaising with counterparts in Europe and the United States but has found nothing to verify the gunman's claims of active cells forming a terror "organisation".

Meanwhile the German domestic intelligence service, the Office for Protection of the Constitution (BfV), said that on the basis of the manifesto, there was no sign that Behring Breivik was a neo-Nazi.

In a report sent this week to regional German security services, the BfV determined that the killer's ideology was "unclear and diffuse", the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Friday.

Behring Breivik wrote critical comments about the Third Reich and favourable remarks about Israel in the rambling text and appeared to be an "anti-Muslim, xenophobic solo attacker" with "fundamentalist Christian" leanings, according to the report.

The BfV noted that most German far-right groups had distanced themselves from the killings in Norway in Internet forums.

© 2011 AFP

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