Poland detains customers of firm linked to Norway attacks

Polish police have arrested a dozen customers of a firm that sold explosive fuses to Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in a bomb attack and shooting spree in Norway in July, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Magdalena Prus, spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office in the western city of Poznan, told AFP the individuals were suspected of the "manufacture, processing, use of and trading in explosives".

Police raided 85 homes of customers of the Poznan-based online firm which is run by a 26-year-old chemistry student.

Behring Breivik is thought to have used the fuses he purchased to carry out tests or even for his July 22nd bombing near a government building which killed eight people in central Oslo.

After the bombing, the right-wing extremist systematically shot dead 69 people at a summer camp of the ruling Labour Party's youth wing on the island of Utøya.

According to the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza, Behring Breivik first contacted the firm in November 2010 to ask the price of a viscose fuse with a combustion rate of one centimetre per second.

The firm responded that one metre of fuse cost one zloty ($0.32), and arranged an order for 15 metres, for a total of 45 zloty including postage to Norway.

Polish police were tipped off about the company's role by their Norwegian counterparts.

Behring Breivik, 32, has confessed to his attacks.

In a 1,518-page manifesto he published on the internet just before the assault, he professed his hatred for Western democracy, saying it had spawned the multicultural society he loathed.

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Norway mosque shooter ‘has admitted the facts’: Police

A Norwegian man suspected of killing his step sister and opening fire in a mosque near Oslo last weekend, has admitted to the crimes though he has not officially entered a plea, police said on Friday.

Norway mosque shooter 'has admitted the facts': Police
Philip Manshaus appears in court on August 12. Photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB Scanpix / AFP
Philip Manshaus, 21, was remanded in custody Monday, suspected of murder and a “terrorist act” that police say he filmed himself committing.
Answering police questions on Friday, “the suspect admits the facts but has not taken a formal position as to the charges,” Oslo police official Pal-Fredrik Hjort Kraby said in a statement.
Manshaus is suspected of murdering his 17-year-old step sister Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen, before entering the Al-Noor mosque in an affluent Oslo suburb and opening fire before he was overpowered by a 65-year-old man.
Just three worshippers were in the mosque at the time, and there were no serious injuries.
Manshaus appeared in court this week with two black eyes and scrapes and bruises to his face, neck and hands.
Police have said he has “extreme right views” and “xenophobic positions” and that he had filmed the mosque attack with a camera mounted on a helmet. He had initially denied the accusations.
The incident came amid a rise in white supremacy attacks around the world, including the recent El Paso massacre in the United States.
Norway witnessed one of the worst-ever attacks by a rightwing extremist in July 2011, when Anders Behring Breivik, who said he feared a “Muslim invasion”, killed 77 people in a truck bomb blast near government offices in Oslo and a shooting spree at a Labour Party youth camp on the island of Utøya.