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Breivik 'whooped with joy' on killing spree

Published: 09 May 2012 15:52 GMT+02:00

Tonje Brenna, secretary-general of the ruling Labour Party’s youth wing (AUF), said she could see the 33-year-old right-wing extremist holding his gun as he stood three to four metres above her hiding place on Utøya island.

“I am absolutely certain I heard cries of delight when his shots hit their intended targets. If I were to spell it out, it would maybe be: ‘woo-hoo’. They were obvious scenes of happiness,” the 24-year-old Brenna told the court.

Prosecutor Svein Holden pointed out that Breivik has denied this to be the case, but Brenna said she was sure of what she had heard as she lay playing dead on a rock near the so-called Lovers’ Path where many of her peers were killed.

Brenna described how she and two boys had led an estimated 20 youths down a cliff face. But the hideout did not protect all of its occupants, with Breivik returning several times to fire shots down at the group.

“There were mini-avalanches of rocks and soil as people fell down. One relatively big rock landed on my neck and I’m fairly sure this rock was hit,” she said, explaining how close she believes she came to being shot.

To help ward off the desperation and fear, she said the young people tried to encourage each other by saying things like: “We’ll be home in the warmth tomorrow watching the Saturday movie with our parents”.

Anders Behring Breivik has confessed to the dual July 22nd terror attacks that left 77 people dead, 69 of them at a political summer camp on Utøya.

NTB/The Local (news@thelocal.no)

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