Killer Breivik wanted to decapitate former Norway PM
OSLO, Norway (AP) — 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 Labor Party’s youth camp on Utoya when Breivik arrived on July 22, after setting off a bomb in Oslo that killed eight people.
Sixty-nine people, mostly teenagers, were killed on Utoya, where nearly 600 members of the Labor Party’s youth wing had gathered for their annual summer retreat.
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.
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.
“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.”
“When I reached a situation where it was impossible to make more than one bomb, it resulted in a strategy of one bomb and one shooting-based action,” he said.
His preferred targets for the shooting massacre were an annual conference of Norwegian journalists or the Labor Party’s annual meeting. But he couldn’t get prepared in time, so he decided on striking against the summer retreat of the Labor Party’s youth wing.