The gunman who massacred 77 people in Norway last summer is proudly boasting that he would "have done it again" to strike back against Norwegian and European governments for embracing immigration and multi-culturalism, claiming that he was a member of the anti-Islam militant group, the Knights Templar.

Prosecutors, however, say the group doesn't exist and is a figment of the twisted mind of Anders Behring Breivik. What is real, though, is a growing wave of anti-Muslim sentiment across Europe which has increased as the economy of Europe declined.

"Islamophobia in Europe does seem to correlate to the financial crisis," Prof Jorgen Neilsen, head of the Centre of European Islamic Thought at Copenhagen University, told Gulf News yesterday.

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