For the second time in two weeks Norwegian police has arrested a right-wing extremist with weapons and explosives.
According to a spokesperson of the Vestfold police district it concerns a 27-year-old man in the municipality of Larvik, 100 kilometres south-west of Oslo. Officers found several weapons in his home, including a modified machine gun, and materials for making a 200-pound bomb.
The suspect himself reportedly said during interrogation that he likes to build home-made rockets. The man denies committing a criminal offence, a police spokesperson says.
According to Norwegian journalists, the suspect was convicted in 2004 for illegal possession of weapons and is said to be very negative about immigrants and Muslims, including on internet sites. Neighbours reported hearing small explosions on a regular basis.
At the end of August, police in Oslo arrested a 33-year-old right-wing extremist after weapons, explosives and police uniforms were found in his home. It is not yet known whether the two cases are related. | © 2011 Marcel Burger for ANP News Agency (original published in Dutch on 9 September 2011)