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Norway killer sharpened aim by playing video game

OSLO, Norway — Anders Behring Breivik knew it would take practice to be able to slaughter dozens of people before being shot by police. In a chilling account, the far-right fanatic claimed Thursday that he sharpened his aim by playing the video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for hours on end.

Breivik told an Oslo court he also took steroids to build physical strength and meditated to "de-emotionalize" himself before the bombing and shooting rampage that left 77 people dead. He figured he had no more than a 5 percent chance of not being killed by police.

His lack of remorse and matter-of-fact description of weapons and tactics were deeply disturbing to families of the victims, most of whom were teenagers.

Breivik, 33, testified that he prepared for his attacks by cutting off contact with the outside world and devoting himself to video games.

Norway has been roiled by the trial since it began Monday. But many say finding out what motivated Breivik is crucial for the country to put the July 22 massacre behind it.

Breivik says he was acting to protect Norway and Europe by targeting a left-leaning political party that he claims betrayed the country by opening it up to "Islamic colonization."

Norway killer sharpened aim by playing video game 04/19/12 [Last modified: Thursday, April 19, 2012 11:06pm]
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