Court in shock as Breivik describes Norway massacre

Survivors and victims’ relatives hugged and cried,trying to comfort each other during testimony that completed the first week of Breivik’s trial for a bombing-and-shooting rampage that left 77 dead on July 22.

Written by Associated Press | Oslo | Published:April 20, 2012 1:48 am

Norwegians who lost loved ones on Utoya island gasped and sobbed Friday as far-right fanatic Anders Behring Breivik described in harrowing detail how he gunned down teenagers as they fled in panic or froze before him,paralyzed with fear.

Survivors and victims’ relatives hugged and cried,trying to comfort each other during testimony that completed the first week of Breivik’s trial for a bombing-and-shooting rampage that left 77 dead on July 22.

Breivik’s defense lawyers had warned the bereaved that his testimony about the Utoya massacre,where 69 people were killed,would be difficult to hear. Still,the shock was palpable in the 200-seat courtroom as the self-styled crusader rolled out his gruesome account,without any sign of emotion.

Looking tense but focused,Breivik spoke calmly about the shooting rampage. He spole of bringing drinking water because he knew he would get a dry throat from the stress of killing people.

Some teenagers were frozen in panic,unable to move even when Breivik ran out of ammunition. He changed clips. They didn’t move. He shot them in the head. “They cannot run. They stand totally still. This is something they never show on TV,’’ Breivik said. “It was very strange.’’

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