He played video game for 16 hours a day to train for massacre

Apr 20, 2012, 06:51 IST | Agencies

Norway killer said he spent 'lots of time' playing Modern Warfare, a shooting game, and also took an entire year off to play World of Warcraft

Anders Behring Breivik, who admits killing 77 people in Norway last summer, used a video game as training for his shooting spree, he testified yesterday at his trial for homicide and terrorism.

He played the game ‘Modern Warfare 2’ for practice, he said.

Games people play: Anders Breivik in court yesterday. His trial is expected to last up to 10 weeks. pic/afp

Breivik, who boasts of being an ultranationalist who killed his victims to fight multiculturalism in Norway, also went through a period of playing the game ‘World of Warcraft’ up to 16 hours a day, he testified.

He initially planned to carry out three bomb attacks followed by a “gun-based action,” he told the court, but eventually was only able to make enough explosives for one car bomb, which killed eight in central Oslo.

Asked about his intended bombing targets, Breivik said, “The first two were clear: the government quarter and the Labour Party headquarters. The third, I was not sure.”

He said he at first had reservations about hitting the Labour Party headquarters because of the civilians and innocent people in offices around the building.
“But then I thought: There are not many better targets in Norway,” he said.

Breivik said he had also considered bombing the Royal Palace — but without harming the royal family — City Hall and Aftenposten, a national newspaper. He eventually decided to carry out a gun attack on a Labour Party youth camp on the island of Utoya, where he shot dead 69 people, he said.

Breivik joked about the psychiatrists who have labeled him insane and shrugged off a question about how he thinks the relatives of victims feel when they see him smile in court.

Breivik said in court that he should either get the death penalty or be acquitted, ridiculing the idea that he would be sent to prison or a mental hospital for his actions. Norway does not have the death penalty.

The trial is expected to last up to 10 weeks. 

Decapitating former PM was on the agenda
Anders Behring Breivik testified 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. The fanatic said he was inspired by al-Qaida’s use of decapitation but noted that “beheading is a traditional European death penalty.”

“It was meant to be used as a very powerful psychological weapon,” he said. Brundtland was prime minister for the Labour Party for 10 years.

Did you know?
Modern Warfare: Call of Duty has been the best-selling video game in the UK for the past three years — Modern Warfare 2 in 2009, Black Ops in 2010 and Modern Warfare 3 in 2011. 

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