BURZUM mastermind Varg Vikernes, who is serving a 21-year sentence for the August 1993 murder of MAYHEM guitarist Oystein Aarseth (a.k.a. Euronymous), was carrying enough arms and military equipment at the time of his latest arrest to pass for a commando, Norwegian daily newspaper VG reports in today's edition. Police have refuted the newspaper's report that an AG3 automatic rifle was found in the stolen Volvo Vikernes was traveling in when he was captured following an attempted jailbreak. However, they have not disputed the rest of the report, which included information that that other elite soldier equipment — a gas mask, knives, camouflage clothing, a portable Global Positioning System satellite navigator, maps, a compass, a mobile telephone, a headset and a laptop — were retrieved from the vehicle at the time of Varg's arrest.
These shocking revelations have led the police to put a lid on information related to the investigation. The police department, the defense ministry and the police's special national security unit PST have jointly launched a massive hunt for several people who are believed to have helped Vikernes in his escape from prison.
According to the information obtained by VG, the police have concluded that Varg's escape was well planned and involved assistance from several people on the outside. Varg was transferred on August 4 from a maximum-security prison in Bergen to the low-security prison Berg. Between August 29 and September 1, Vikernes was given a free pass from prison, and the authorities are now focusing their efforts on finding out the identities of all the individuals Varg might have met with during this period.
Before hijacking a Volvo from a family of three Sunday afternoon, Vikernes reportedly disposed of a BMW which an inmate at another prison purchased as late as last week. Police spokesperson Vidar Franksson in Flesberg confirmed to NRK that the inmate offered this information during an interrogation following Varg's latest arrest. VG reports that a bulletproof vest was found in the BMW and police have also confirmed that a handgun was found in a cabin in Rollag, which Vikernes has admitted to breaking into while on the run. Varg is believed to have spent Saturday night at the cabin and narrowly eluded heavily armed police, who were on their way to the secluded location shortly prior to his capture on a highway on the outskirts of Oslo early Monday morning.