The man behind the massacre in Norway which left 77 people dead has told a court on Friday he was basically a “nice person” who had trained himself to stifle his emotions so he could carry out the shooting and bombing rampage in July.
Anders Behring Breivik, 33, admitted to killing eight people with a car bomb at government headquarters in Oslo, then gunning down 69 people, most of them teenagers, at a Labour Party summer camp on Utoeya island.
But he has pleaded not guilty, insisting he was defending the country against waves of Muslim immigration facilitated by the political left.
Breivik on Friday said he began consciously training to cut his range of feelings five years before the attacks, when he began to consider using violence to alert Europeans to what he considered the loss of their culture.
Al Jazeera’s Paul Brennan reports from Oslo.