Mass killer trained for day of slaughter
OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Anders Behring Breivik knew it would take practice to be able to slaughter dozens of people before being shot by police.
In a chilling summary, the far-right fanatic claimed Thursday that he sharpened his aim by playing computer games for more than a year before Norway's worst peacetime massacre.
Breivik told an Oslo court he took steroids to build physical strength and meditated to "de-emotionalize" himself before the bombing and shooting rampage that left 77 people dead.
His lack of remorse and matter-of-fact description of weapons and tactics -- he even considered using a flame thrower -- was deeply disturbing to families of the victims, most of whom were teenagers.
"They perceive him as evil and dangerous and reopening wounds," said Mette Yvonne Larsen, a lawyer representing the bereaved.
Breivik also said he had planned to capture and decapitate former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland while filming it, but she had left Utoya island, where most of the slayings occurred, earlier that day.
Bombs hit 10 cities, killing at least 30
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Bombs ripped through 10 Iraqi cities Thursday, killing at least 30 people and shattering a month of relative calm. Minority lawmakers decried the violence as a tragic but inevitable result of the Shiite-led government's attempts to dominate Iraqi politics.
Despite simmering sectarian tensions, a lull in deadly attacks since mid-March led many to hope Iraq had turned a corner and away from widespread violence. That proved overly optimistic as at least 14 bombs and mortar shells exploded across 10 cities over three hours in the morning. At least 117 people were wounded, police said.
"What crime have we committed? How long will such violence continue?" wailed a woman, who would identify herself only by her nickname of Um Ali, after watching a car explode outside an apartment building in western Baghdad.
In Baghdad alone, 12 people were killed, mostly in Shiite neighborhoods. There was no claim of responsibility, but Baghdad military command spokesman Col. Dhia al-Wakeel said they resembled those carried out by al-Qaida, the Sunni Muslim terror network.
Sunni and Kurdish lawmakers said the bombings likely were the result of a monthslong political impasse that has all but paralyzed Iraq's government since the U.S. military withdrawal at the end of last year.