Europol to beef up extremist database

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Europol said Tuesday it would update its database of extreme right activities on the continent, especially in northern Europe, after Friday's shooting in Norway in which 76 people died.

"We are preparing an accurate and updated description of right-wing extremism in Europe, with a focus on Northern Europe," spokesman Soren Pedersen told AFP following the twin attacks in Oslo and a nearby island.

Europe's police co-operation agency on Friday set up an operations centre with some 50 experts in intelligence gathering, explosives and terror to support Norway after the double attack claimed by 32-year-old gunman Anders Behring Breivik.

Europol called on European police forces and Scotland Yard in Britain to lend support and contribute to the database upgrade.

Self-confessed killer Behring Breivik has claimed links with the extreme right and has said he was on a crusade to save Western Europe from Muslim invasion.

© 2011 AFP

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