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Police feared Breivik suicide bomb. Anders Behring Breivik was taken to hospital before his preliminary hearing amidst police fears his body concealed a detonator to blow up the courthouse. There were initial concerns that Breivik could have had a hidden transmitter or detonator to a possible extra bomb prior to the twin attacks and his arrest on Utøya Island. Police suspected Oslo District Court was the target as investigations were at such an early phase, but were not entirely sure. Officers also used sniffer dogs to comb Oslo District Court, the Court of Appeal, and the surrounding area, checking for other potential bombs the same night Breivik was examined. Nearby Ibsen Parking House and Breivik’s own Skøyen apartment were also searched.

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Police feared Breivik suicide bomb

Published on Saturday, 13th August, 2011 at 22:13 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 13th August 2011 at 23:16.

Anders Behring Breivik was taken to hospital before his preliminary hearing amidst police fears his body concealed a detonator to blow up the courthouse.

Police guard Oslo Breivik court session
Police guard Oslo Breivik court session
Photo: Paula Bronston/Staff/Getty Images News


Tense police

There were initial concerns that Breivik could have had a hidden transmitter or detonator to a possible extra bomb prior to the twin attacks and his arrest on Utøya Island. Police suspected Oslo District Court was the target as investigations were at such an early phase, but were not entirely sure.

Officers also used sniffer dogs to comb Oslo District Court, the Court of Appeal, and the surrounding area, checking for other potential bombs the same night Breivik was examined. Nearby Ibsen Parking House and Breivik’s own Skøyen apartment were also searched.

“We fear that something he controls via others will go off. We can breathe easier if we get through today,” a police source said to VG at the time.

Breivik also originally claimed his other targets included the Royal Palace and Labour Party (Ap) headquarters, subsequently denying this.

The 32-year-old swallowed a contrast agent on Sunday preceding his court appearance, undergoing a CT scan of his stomach and intestinal system to check for foreign agents.

His lawyer, Geir Lippestad, tells the paper today, “I am aware a fluoroscopy was conducted following uncertainties he could have something hidden in his body."

“It was carried out on the basis of my client’s statement there were materials in his body that could pose a danger to himself or others,” continues Mr Lippestad, saying he believes nothing was found.

Police failings

Meanwhile, it is also revealed the killer alleged he knew of an al-Qaida cell in Norway whilst he was an active member of the Far-Right Progress Party’s youth movement (FpU) in early 2000.

“I know two people with connections to al-Qaida who are based in Norway. This has consistently been hushed-up by POT (present Police Security Service/PST) and/or the government. If I know of two, there are at least ten,” he wrote on PfU’s discussion forum in 2003, the year after he began planning the 22 July Oslo bombing and Utøya shootings.

In his more than 100 comments, Breivik also discussed Islam and terror, alleging the government promoted a liberal immigration policy by asking the PST to withhold negative information about Muslims.

Professor of Philosophy, Lars Fredrik Svendsen, says, “in retrospect, one can see that this points towards the manifesto he wrote preceding the acts of terror.”

Breivik sent the over 1,500-page document to, amongst others, hundreds of British contacts, and it is believed he was in contact with blogger Paul Ray.

FpU has since published everything it could find written by Breivik in archives on its website (in Norwegian). Senior members, including indicted Trond Birkedal, have been censured for not reacting at the time.

Criticism is also directed at the PST for not reacting to Breivik’s comments. According to lawyer Arild Humlen, “the fact that a political representative has specific knowledge of al-Qaida representatives in Norway alone should, of course, be enough for the PST to investigate.”



Published on Saturday, 13th August, 2011 at 22:13 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 13th August 2011 at 23:16.

This post has the following tags: andersbehringbreivik, suicidebomboslocourthouse, al-qaida, policesecurityservicefailings, oslobombing, utoeyashootings.





  
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