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NZ manifesto resembles Norway mass murderer's text

AP  |  Copenhagen 

The that the presumed shooter published is shorter and "more sloppy" than the one written by a Norwegian right-wing extremist who killed 77 people in 2011, but expresses similar sentiments, a Swedish terror expert said Friday.

of the says the shooter is against mass immigration and "has to some extend the same themes as (Anders Behring) Breivik," who posted his 1,500-page online before carrying out his deadly attacks.

Ranstorp told Friday that the shooter, who killed at least 49 people in two mosques in Christchurch on Friday, claims to "have been in contact with Breivik's sympathizers."

On July 22, 2011, Breivik killed eight people with a car bomb in and then opened fire at an island summer camp run by the left-wing Labor Party's youth wing, killing 69. He is serving a 21-year prison sentence.

Breivik's lawyer, Oeystein Storrvik, told Norway's VG newspaper that his client has "very limited contacts with the surrounding world so it seems very unlikely that he has had contact." Storrvik was not immediately available for comment.

Norwegian told Norwegian broadcaster that the shooter's "unfortunately gives associations to a situation in Norway" that she described as "one of the worst in our time."


On Twitter, Ranstorp noted that the shooter claimed he would leave prison after 27 years and likened himself to late South African Nelson Mandela, saying he would get the Nobel Peace Prize.

"Yet another narcissistic right-wing extremist terrorist who has a distorted fantasy world," Ranstorp wrote.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 17:50 IST
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