Neo-Nazi rocker France arrest

A neo-Nazi member of a cult Norwegian heavy metal band with links to mass murderer Anders Breivik has been arrested in France on suspicion of plotting a similar attack.

Neo-Nazi arrested in France was member of cult band

Kristian Vikernes.
Kristian Vikernes. Credit: Facebook

A neo-Nazi arrested in France is Kristian Vikernes, a former member of Norwegian heavy metal band Mayhem.

Vikernes, now a writer known as Varg, was convicted in 1994 of stabbing a man to death in Oslo and burning down several churches.

Vikernes spent nearly 16 years in prison after he was convicted of a series of arson charges and the killing of his former friend and band mate, Oystein Aarseth.

After his release he moved with his family to France.

Fears neo-Nazi could 'carry out a violent act'

Police are searching the home of a Norwegian neo-Nazi for weapons and explosives, a source told Reuters.

Kristian Vikernes was arrested in France, where he now lives, after his wife bought four rifles.

"That was at the origin of the investigation ... There were several suspicions that made the services fear he could possibly carry out a violent act," a police official confirmed.

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Neo-Nazi with connections to Anders Breivik arrested in France

A neo-Nazi linked to Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has been arrested in southwestern France after his wife bought four rifles, raising suspicions he could turn to violence, according to the Paris prosecutor's office.

Kristian Vikernes, who is also a convicted murderer from Norway, had in the past received a copy of a manifesto from Breivik, the office and media reports said.