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Belgian pol shocked to get Norway shooter’s email


BRUSSELS (AP) _ A right-wing Belgian politician said Wednesday he was shocked and dismayed to learn he had been sent an email by the perpetrator of the Norway massacre shortly before a powerful bomb exploded in Oslo.

Tanguy Veys

Tanguy Veys, a member parliament for the anti-immigration Belgian Vlaams Belang party, said Wednesday he had never met nor even heard of Anders Behring Breivik, who has admitted carrying out the bombing and shootings that killed at least 76 people in Norway.

So receiving the email was a setback, he said.

“I was connected with a terrorist act, and I didn’t want to be connected with a terrorist act,” Veys said.

The email, with Breivik’s 1,500-page manifesto of three books attached, was sent Friday, about 90 minutes before the bomb went off.

Veys said the email _ written in English _ went to about 1,000 addresses.

Other recipients may have been less shocked. One email address on the list led to a Facebook site ostensibly for an Italian whose profile picture included Nazi emblems and a skull. As the person’s only interest, the page listed “firearms.”

Another of the addresses led to the site of a man who claimed to be a member of the anti-immigration British National Party.


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