British Link Probed in Norway Slaughter

Anders Breivik writes of being 'recruited' at 2002 London meeting
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 25, 2011 1:21 AM CDT
People pay tribute to the victims of the twin attacks before a memorial service at Oslo Cathedral yesterday.   (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

(Newser) – Investigators are hunting for a possible British connection to the madman who killed at least 93 people in last week's terror attack in Norway. Before his cold-blooded assault on a youth camp, Anders Behring Breivik typed a 1,500-page "manifesto," entirely in English, describing his plans. In it, he says he was recruited to join a "martyr cell" at a London meeting in 2002, and refers to an Englishman he calls the "perfect knight" as his mentor, reports the Telegraph. Scotland Yard is attempting to identify the seven other people who Breivik says attended the meeting of the “European Military Order and Criminal Tribunal” of the “Knights Templar."

Breivik, 32, also writes of being in touch online with the far-right English Defense League, though the organization denies there was ever any "official contact." Outraged critics, however, are demanding that the EDL be classified as an extremist group after the organization's followers blamed Norway's tolerant immigration policies for the slaughter, reports the Independent. In a particularly bizarre revelation in Breivik's "European Declaration of Independence" manifesto, he talks of his plans to "work out," spend time in a tanning salon, and apply make up for a professional photo shoot before the "operation," notes the Telegraph. "This might sound repulsive to big, badass warriors, but we must look our best for the shoot," he writes.

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