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Breivik’s German contacts questioned

Police in Germany are reportedly investigating possible connections between confessed Norwegian right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik and German neo-Nazis.

German magazine Der Speigel reports that German police have called in some known neo-Nazis and the leader of the right-wing extremist party NPD, after Norwegian investigators found German e-mail addresses among Breivik’s possessions.

German investigators reportedly have called in several right-wing extremists in Bavaria for questioning after Breivik bombed Norway’s government headquarters on July 22, and then carried out a massacre on the island of Utøya. A total of 77 persons died in Breivik’s attacks.

Most of the artwork that decorated the government complex in downtown Oslo, meanwhile, has survived the bombing. Newspaper Aftenposten reported that sculptures including those done by Geir Stormoen have survived intact while some others need only minor repairs.

Among them is the five-meter-high bronze sculpture Aurora, by artist Knut Steen, who died last week at the age of 86. Steen’s sculpture stood in the plaza across the street from where Breivik’s car bomb exploded and has since been moved into storage while rehabilitation work proceeds at the complex.

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