Norwegian Shooter Compares Massacre To Hiroshima: ‘Sophisticated And Spectacular Political Attack’

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Apr. 17 2012, Published 3:30 p.m. ET

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By Debbie Emery - Reporter

The shooter in Norway’s deadliest massacre has been bragging about his “spectacular” attack to a courtroom during his murder trial, even comparing the rampage to the U.S. atomic bombing of the Japanese city Hiroshima during World War II.

Anders Behring Breivik, who has confessed to killing 77 people on the Norwegian island of Utoya and in the Oslo city center last July, made his shocking claims in a written statement that he was allowed to read to the Norwegian court on Tuesday because he refused to give evidence otherwise, reported the

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The 33-year-old described his killing spree as "the most sophisticated and spectacular political attack committed in Europe since the second world war,” and went on to justify it by saying it was done in the name of "revolutionary nationalism.”

As previously reported, earlier in his trial Breivik raised his clenched fist in a fascist style salute as he told his audience:  "I don't recognize Norwegian courts because you get your mandate from the Norwegian political parties who support multiculturalism.

“I admit to the acts, but not criminal guilt,” he added.

He has expressed no regret for carrying out the attacks, instead maintaining he acted out of “goodness, not evil,” to prevent a "major civil war,” and declaring: “I would have done it again.”

Breivik compared the killings to the U.S. use of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945, according to an Associated Press report, which quoted him as saying, "The attacks on July 22 were a preventive strike. I acted in self-defense on behalf of my people, my city, my country."

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Seemingly obsessed with the second world war, he also likened the teenage members of the Labour Party youth camp who he opened fire on to the Hitler Youth, claiming they were “not innocent.”

Breivik's trial is slated to last 10 weeks, and in that time the court will determine whether he'll be sent to prison or a mental hospital. If he's declared mentally competent to stand trial, he faces a maximum prison sentence of 21 years.

With 77 killed and 151 injured, the attack is the deadliest by a single gunman in recorded history.


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