The European Union said “lone-wolf terrorism” may need more attention from governments in the wake of the twin terror attacks in Norway last week that killed 76 people.
Anders Behring Breivik has been charged with two counts of terrorism after the 32-year-old Norwegian citizen set off a car-bomb in Oslo’s government district before going on a shooting rampage at a Labor Party youth camp on nearby Utoeya island. Police said they may seek to bring the nation’s first charge of crimes against humanity against Breivik.
“The issue of ‘lone-wolf terrorism,’ represented by terrorists that are self-radicalized (e.g. through the Internet) with no obvious attachment to any terrorist organization, seems to require increasing attention,” the EU said in a statement today following a meeting of terrorism experts from the bloc’s 27 nations in Brussels. “The importance of strengthening response capacity was another issue that was highlighted” at the meeting, it said.
Breivik, who railed against multiculturalism and Islam in a 1,500-page manifesto posted on the Internet before the attacks, said he intended to inflict the “greatest possible loss” on the country’s ruling Labor Party and halt what he called the “Islamization” of Norway and Europe.
At today’s meeting in Brussels, “particular attention was given to the processes of radicalization and recruitment, which usually depend on a variety of factors independent of the cause which any terrorist seeks to promote, whether the ideology of al-Qaeda, the far right or any other extreme ideology,” the EU said in the statement.