OSLO - As survivors and victims' relatives hugged and sobbed, notorious Norwegian anti-Islam murderer Anders Behring Breivik gave on Friday, April 20, a chilling account of his shooting massacre in Utoeya island last year, explaining how he calmly executed terrified teens.
"There is a person 15 metres (yards) from the entrance. ... I walk calmly over to him and shoot him in the head," Breivik told the court of his first victim on July 22 on Utoeya, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported.
"There is another group in the other corner, and I shoot all of them."
"I lifted my weapon and shot him in the head."
Breivik, described by the police as a "right-wing Christian fundamentalist", killed at least 76 people in twin attacks on a government building and a youth training camp in Oslo last year.
The attacker said his assault was a self-styled mission to save European Christendom from Islam.
As the trial started on April 16, he admitted his actions, pleading not guilty.
He added that his killings were justified to fight a Muslim invasion of Europe that is being permitted by political organizations that support a multicultural society.
Dressed in black suit and silver tie, Breivik appeared in court on Friday to give his account for the massacre he committed in Utoeya Island.
He explained to the court that he sees himself as a militant nationalist "knight" heroically fighting to defend "ethnic Norwegians" from being wiped out by a "Muslim invasion."
The 33-year-old spent hours yesterday detailing his massacre on the Utoya island, describing how he dressed as a police officer and shot whole groups of young people with his rifle as if talking about a computer game.
I thought: 'Now I am going into that building and will execute as many people as possible in that building,' he told the court coldly as survivors, families of his victims and even a few journalists cried quietly.
The trial was also attended by one court-appointed psychiatric expert who sat with his head buried in his hands while some people left the room.
Giving sane account for the attacks, the killer gave devastatingly detailed descriptions of the shooting spree on the island, saying in one room he first shot a group of four or five people, all in the head.
I think many are screaming and begging for their lives, he told the court.
He then turned to another group on the other side of the room.
I don't know why there were still people in the room at this time, he said.
I shot them all.
He also recalled how fear paralyzed some youth who could not run away when he had to stop to reload his gun, and how one person tried to dodge his bullets by running in zigzags.
Breivik also explained without emotion how he consistently used follow-up shots, shooting most people several times to make sure they were dead.
Many victims had multiple gunshot wounds to the head and back, in what was the deadliest shooting rampage committed by a lone gunman.
Some of them were playing dead. That's why I fired so many times, he told the court.
Walking around the island, Breivik shoot everyone he came across, reiterating that his aim was to kill all the nearly 600 people on the island that day.
With his voice steady, he recounted how he shot at people trying to hide by the coast and at those who tried to escape by throwing themselves into the icy water.
I shot at everybody and I aimed at the head, he said.
Among the killed youth was a young boy who shouted to a girl to run.
He yelled at her: Run! Run! â¦ I remember lifting the weapon towards him and shooting him in the head, Breivik recalled, adding that he shot both of them several times.
Since Breivik already has admitted to his deeds, the trial is focusing on determining whether he is sane, in which case he faces 21 years in prison, with the possibility of indefinite extension.
If declared insane, he would be held in a psychiatric institution indefinitely with periodic reviews.
Breivik argues that he is sane.
"I have had a dehumanization strategy against those I consider valid targets," he said, sending murmurs through the courtroom, Wall Street journal reported.
"If you are going to kill someone, then you can't do it unless you prepare yourself carefully. You need to work on your mind for years."
"I think I would break down mentally if I removed the mental shields that I have," he said.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net