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Norway attack hatched in more than 10 nations

OSLO — Norwegian terrorism defendant Anders Behring Breivik visited more than 10 countries as part of his preparations for the July 22 twin attacks on Oslo and Utoya island, the country's deadliest since World War II.

Breivik, held in the killing of 77 people in a shooting rampage and bombing, was interrogated for 10 hours Wednesday, Oslo police prosecutor Christian Hatlo said Thursday.

The 32-year-old went to the Czech Republic and Sweden to acquire weapons and materials to make explosives and set up bank accounts in the Caribbean and Eastern Europe, according to a manifesto posted on the Internet before the attacks.

The suspect also visited 20 drugstores a day for four days and bought three packages of aspirin at each stop, then six tons of fertilizer, chemicals and a semiautomatic rifle.

"He continues to be calm and in general he cooperates," Hatlo said.

Norwegian police are working with authorities globally to track down people who may have been in contact with Breivik or encouraged him in his actions. Breivik told a July 25 custody court hearing that he was seeking to inflict the "greatest possible loss" to the ruling Labor Party.

Norway attack hatched in more than 10 nations

08/04/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:41pm]
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