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French Arrest Norwegian Suspected of Terror Plot
PARIS (AP) - A Norwegian neo-Nazi sympathizer of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of planning "a large terrorist act," French authorities said.
The Paris prosecutor's office identified the suspect as Varg Vikernes. In a statement, the Interior Ministry said the suspect was arrested at his house in rural central France on Tuesday.
Vikernes' French wife, Marie Cachet, was also arrested, the prosecutor's office said. She had recently acquired four rifles, the interior ministry said. Investigators are looking into how the firearms were acquired and what they were for, it added.
Vikernes, 40, was known in Norwegian black metal circles in the early 1990s under the stage name Count Grishnackh. He played in various black metal bands, including the band Mayhem.
In 1994 he was sentenced to 21 years in prison for the manslaughter of Mayhem band member Oystein Aarseth and arson attacks against three churches. He was released from prison in 2009 after serving 16 years.
After being released from prison he has continued to record music under the name Burzum.
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