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EU to set up extremism warning system

RIA Novosti

17:08 26/07/2011 BRUSSELS, July 26 (RIA Novosti) - The European Commission is building a security system to issue early warnings on threats of extremism, xenophobia and other forms of radicalism, EC spokesman Michele Cercone said on Tuesday.

The network will be launched in September, he said.

EU officials on Monday urged to speed up efforts to curb sales of firearms and chemical substances such as those apparently used in Norway's bomb and shooting attacks after a Norwegian extremist was detained on the suspicion of killing 76 people in last week's bombing and shooting spree admitted he used fertilizers to make explosives.

Proposals put to EU leaders were in the pipeline but had failed to win backing up until now, Cercone said.

"Compromise is easier to reach after shocking events such as those in Norway," he added.

Anders Behring Breivik, 32, faces at least 21 years in jail on terrorism charges. He is accused of organizing the bomb attack in Oslo which killed eight people, and shooting dead 68 others at a youth camp on the island of Utoya on July 22.

In his 1,500-page anti-Muslim manifesto that he published on the internet before going on his killing spree, Breivik wrote about purchasing fertilizers through his organic farm company and gave detailed instructions on how to use them to make a bomb.

Breivik, who was arrested immediately after Friday's massacre, pleaded not guilty at Monday's court hearing. Ahead of the trial, he denied criminal responsibility for the attacks, saying that they were "atrocious but necessary."

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