(bon pour tous) No sign of far-right 'terrorism' in Germany: minister

24th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Germany's interior minister said Sunday there were no signs of any neo-Nazi "terrorist" threat, after twin attacks in Norway blamed on a man with links to the far right killed at least 92 people.

"Our security authorities are also observing the far-right scene intensively. At the moment there are no indications of right-wing terrorist activity," Hans-Peter Friedrich told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

"The dreadful events in Norway show however once again the dangers posed by fanatical lone perpetrators, no matter what their motives are," the minister told the paper in an interview.

According to Norwegian police, seven people were killed Friday and 30 wounded in a bombing of government buildings in Oslo, while 85 were killed and 67 wounded during a shooting spree on Utoeya island, northwest of the capital.

The chief suspect, named in media reports as Anders Behring Breivik, 32, and arrested on Friday, has been described by police as a "Christian fundamentalist" with opinions leaning "to the right".

The head of the populist right-wing Progress Party (FrP), Norway's second-biggest political party, said Behring Breivik had been a member between 1999 and 2006 and for several years a leader in its youth movement.

Anti-fascist monitors meanwhile said he was also a member of a Swedish neo-Nazi Internet forum named Nordisk.

© 2011 AFP

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