Breivik planned to decapitate ex-PM

Confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik testified Thursday that he had planned to capture and decapitate former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland during his shooting massacre on Utoya island.

Written by Associated Press | Oslo | Published:April 20, 2012 12:26 am

Confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik testified Thursday that he had planned to capture and decapitate former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland during his shooting massacre on Utoya island.

Breivik said his plan was to film the beheading and post the video on the Internet. Brundtland had already left the Labour Party’s youth camp on Utoya when Breivik arrived on July 22,after setting off a bomb in Oslo. The far-right fanatic said he was inspired by al-Qaeda’s use of decapitation but noted that “beheading is a traditional European death penalty.’’

Breivik also testified that he had prepared for his attacks by cutting off contact with the outside world and devoting himself to two computer games — ‘Modern Warfare’ and ‘World of Warcraft,’ playing the second one for 16 hours a day.

On the fourth day of his trial in Oslo,Breivik described the victims as “traitors’’ and showed no sign of remorse. “The goal was not to kill 69 people on Utoya. The goal was to kill them all,’’ Breivik said.

The 33-year-old Norwegian said his original plans were to set off three bombs in Oslo,including at the royal palace,but building just one fertilizer bomb turned out to be “much more difficult than I thought.’’

“I settled on the palace in a setting where the royal family wouldn’t be hurt,’’ he said. “Most nationalists and cultural conservatives are supporters of the monarchy,including myself.’’

His preferred targets for the shooting massacre were an annual conference of Norwegian journalists or the Labor Party’s annual meeting.

Breivik said he had expected to be confronted by armed police when he left Oslo for Utoya island. “I estimated the chances of survival as less than 5 percent,’’ he said.

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