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Norway's Breivik "planned to kill politicians" before massacre

Anders Behring Breivik, the man who confessed to murdering 77 people in Norway, had reportedly planned to abduct and kill three leaders of the country's ruling Labour Party.

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Soldiers block a street in the government headquarters building area in central Oslo on July 23, 2011, a day after twin attacks here and on a youth camp, Norway's deadliest post-war tragedy. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

Anders Behring Breivik, the man who confessed to murdering 77 people in Norway in July, had planned to abduct and kill three leaders of the country's ruling Labour Party, a local newspaper reported Friday.

The information came to light when Norway's VG tabloid obtained and published an 11-page transcript of Breivik’s interrogation by police the day after his arrest.

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According to the transcripts, Breivik told police he had memorized a speech to be read and recorded before executing former prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, foreign minister Jonas Gahr Stoere and head of the Labour youth wing Eskil Pedersen.

None of the three was harmed during the attacks.

It is understood that Breivik told police of his intention to film the executions – to be carried out using a bayonet or knife. He then planned to publish the video on the internet.

Breivik has admitted to planting a car bomb close to government offices in the Norwegian capital Oslo on July 22, killing eight people.

Dressed as a policeman, he then drove to the island of Utoeya, where the Labour Party's youth movement was hosting a summer camp. There, he shot dead 69 people, mostly teens.

Shortly before the massacre, Brundtland and Gahr Stoere had visited Utoeya, while Pedersen was on the island when it was taking place, the BBC reported.

Breivik has said his motivation behind the attacks was to save Norway from Muslims and multiculturalism.

Police are investigating the leaking of interrogation records.

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