An Irishman has revealed how he developed a four-year relationship with Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik through online gaming.
Breivik was responsible for the attacks in Norway on July 22 that left 77 people dead, after he detonated a bomb in central Oslo, before going on a shooting spree in a youth camp on the nearby island of Utoya.
The man who used the name “Frank” told the Ray D’Arcy Show on Today FM radio on Wednesday he first met Breivik while playing the online game ‘World of Warcraft’.
The man said he had close contact with the right wing extremist through a conference feature of the game. He said he also had contact with him through Facebook for four years.
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Frank told the show how the murderer had joined the same “guild” or team as him and as a result he “got to know him over time,” and they often discussed what was going on in daily life.
“Frank” said Breivik “used to ask me things about the politics in Ireland . . . he used to ask about the Government and about the IRA”.
Asked for his own reaction to last weeks massacre in Oslo he said: “It’s a completely surreal experience because I know the guy for about four years and just to see his picture up on the TV cameras saying that he’s after murdering everybody, it’s just a complete shock.”
Frank said he first heard the news from a Russian online gamer who told him to get to a TV “because Anders was on the telly”.
“I didn’t know what to say or what to think, it was very, very strange. He just seemed like a normal, nice guy.”