I was inspired by Al Qaeda
THE July 22 massacre was inspired by atrocities carried out by Islamic terrorists Al Qaeda and its leader Osama Bin Laden ( left).
Breivik told his murder and terrorism trial he wanted to carry out his killings to push the boundaries of what far right militants were prepared to do.
He said the American 9/11 attacks had been a watershed in Islamist terrorism and wanted to recreate that feeling for his cause.
Breivik added that he also learnt from Al Qaeda’s methods in creating martyrs to be idolised.
Responding to questions from the prosecution he said: “9/11 created Al Qaeda to an extent and there was a leap forward in terms of methods.
“In the beginning people were shocked.
“If you look at July 22, all were shocked, even militant nationalists. But I think the threshold for acts of violence by militant nationalists has been lowered.”
“We have attempted to introduce new traditions for nationalists in Europe and we have taken a bit from al Qaeda and Islamists including the use of martyrdom.
“Al Qaeda is the most successful militant group in the world and I believe militant nationalists in Europe have a great deal to learn from them.
“July 22 was not about me at all. July 22 was a so-called suicide attack and I did not expect to survive.
“They say I am a narcissist but a narcissist would never sacrifice his life for anything or anyone.”