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Thursday, 19 April 2012 - 20:00
Breivik 'took sabbatical' to plan 'suicide action'
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The Norwegian Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in two attacks last July, has told his trial how he joined a gun club in 2010 as part of his preparations.

He described using computer games to rehearse scenarios before he bombed a government building in Oslo, killing 8 people and injuring 209.

Arriving in court, Breivik made no far-right salute, unlike previous days. His lawyers had asked him not to salute.

He told the court he had begun planning a "suicide action" as far back as 2006. "Violence is a tool to achieve an aim," he told the court.

He said he had tried "all other alternatives" but "national conservatives" were censored by the Norwegian and European press.

Describing the Oslo bombing, he said he expected the alarm to be raised and to "have to fight his way out". He estimated his chance of survival at 5%, he told the court.

According to an international media reporter, who was at the trial in Oslo, Breivik is behaving differently from his irritable performance on Wednesday: he is answering most of the questions put to him and seems calm.

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