Mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has said he planned to kill everyone and behead the former prime minister during his attack on Utoya island in Norway.
“The goal was not to kill 69 people on Utoya. The goal was to kill them all,” he said.
Breivik said he planned to murder the former prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, who was visiting the island, video her execution and post it on the internet.
“The plan was to behead Gro Harlem Brundtland while it was being filmed,” he told the court.
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.”
“It was meant to be used as a very powerful psychological weapon,” he said.
During a day of testimony the victims’ support group described as “full of evil”, the court heard how Breivik had also hoped to detonate three car bombs in Oslo targeting government and media buildings with huge loss of life.
He hoped the bomb in his van would collapse the building that housed the prime minister’s office, killing the prime minister and the entire government.
In the end his single car bomb in the government quarter on July 22 killed eight people and injured hundreds more.
He blamed journalists for his “horrible” actions saying they had prevented him from spreading his message.
After hearing from Breivik about his plans for Utoya the prosecution requested a break in proceedings with people openly crying in court.
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 – ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’ and ‘World of Warcraft’, playing the latter for 16 hours a day.
He said he played Call of Duty primarily to get a feel for how to use rifle sights.
The detail of the 33-year-old’s plans were revealed on the fourth day of his trial for the attacks that killed 77 people and injured hundreds more in Norway last summer.
Breivik admits to all of the killings, but pleads not guilty to terrorism on the grounds he acted in self-defence to stop the spread of Islam.
The key issue of the trial is whether Breivik can be established as criminally insane.
What the five judges decide will dictate whether he will spend the years to come in a prison cell or on a psychiatric ward.
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