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Police: Breivik looked at Sweden for base

April 4, 2012 at 11:26 AM

OSLO, Norway, April 4 (UPI) -- Confessed mass killer Anders Breivik apparently planned to use a Swedish farmhouse as a base for his terror operations in Oslo and Utoya, Norwegian police said.

Officials said Breivik, who admitted killing 77 people last summer in two acts of violence, e-mailed several real estate agents and municipalities in July 2010, seeking a farmhouse in Varmland province in western Sweden, Sveriges Television reported Wednesday.

Varmland's proximity to Oslo -- roughly 140 miles -- prompted Norwegian police to suspect the house could be used as a secret base for terrorist operations.

The Local reported Breivik specifically sought an "abandoned farmhouse" that was "isolated or desolate," explaining in his e-mails that he planned to spend time writing a book.

Breivik eventually selected a farmhouse in Asta, Norway, near the Swedish border.

Police suspect the farmhouse was where Breivik made the explosives that killed eight people in a car bomb attack in Norway's capital July 22. Breivik then opened fire killing 69 others, mostly young people at a political summer camp on the island of Utoya before he was captured.

Breivik has admitted he carried out the massacre but has denied criminal guilt. He said he is a commander of a militant organization that has the goal of overthrowing European governments and replacing them with regimes that would deport Muslim immigrants.

His trial begins in Oslo April 16.

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