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The Foreigner Breivik may have used poisoned dum-dum bullets. Victims of the Utøya shootings may still be at risk after it was discovered that Breivik may have poisoned his ammunition prior to his murderous rampage. Victims of the Utøya shootings may still be at risk after it was discovered that Breivik may have poisoned his ammunition prior to his murderous rampage. In his 1,500-page manifesto he mentions ordering “99 per cent pure nicotine” from a “Chinese online supplier”.

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Breivik may have used poisoned dum-dum bullets

Published on Tuesday, 26th July, 2011 at 19:45 under the news category, by Gareth Corfield.
Last Updated on 26th July 2011 at 20:35.

Victims of the Utøya shootings may still be at risk after it was discovered that Breivik may have poisoned his ammunition prior to his murderous rampage.



Victims of the Utøya shootings may still be at risk after it was discovered that Breivik may have poisoned his ammunition prior to his murderous rampage.

In his 1,500-page manifesto he mentions ordering “99 per cent pure nicotine” from a “Chinese online supplier”.

“3-4 drops will be injected in hollow point rifle bullets,” wrote Breivik, “which will effectively turn it into a lethal chemical weapon.”

A lethal dose of nicotine is between 30 and 60 milligrams, which equates to one or two drops of pure nicotine solution. Police are still investigating whether Breivik prepared his ammunition in this way.

“We still have to find out whether he did use the nicotine, and toxicology tests on the victims will give us the answer,” said an anonymous police source to the Daily Mail.

Chief Surgeon Dr Colin Poole at Ringericke Hospital has confirmed to VG that many of the Utoya victims had wounds consistent with hollow-point expanding ammunition being used.

“These bullets more or less exploded inside the body of the victims. All energy from the bullets was transferred to the tissue,” said Dr Poole to VG on Monday.

“It's caused us all kinds of extra problems in dealing with the wounds they cause, with very strange trajectories. The effect they cause inside the body is like a thousand pin pricks.”

Breivik was reportedly armed with three weapons during his spree on Utoya: a pump-action shotgun, a 17-shot Glock pistol and a semi-automatic Ruger Mini-14.

Symptoms of nicotine poisoning include mouth and throat burning followed by profuse salivation, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and occasionally diarrhoea. More severe poisoning results in dizziness, weakness and confusion, progressing to convulsions. Symptoms can set in within 15 minutes, although exposure to less concentrated doses may result in less serious symptoms at first.

Expanding ammunition is commonly used by hunters to increase the chances of achieving a clean kill on their quarry. Some countries, like the UK, mandate their use on certain large quarry species.

Yet the Hague Convention of 1899 prohibits the use of expanding ammunition against humans. Dum-dum bullets, so named because they were invented at the British Army arsenal in Dum-Dum, India, are made specifically to expand on impact with the target and cause much larger wounds than ordinary bullets.

They differ significantly from modern expanding ammunition in one crucial way: whilst dum-dum bullets are scored in a cross shape around the point, expanding ammunition typically has a hollow point, which achieves the same effect without compromising accuracy.

Conventional expanding ammunition can be bought by licensed hunters in Norway. It is also used by law enforcement agencies because the deformed bullet is much less likely to pass through a target’s body, making it ideal for sky marshals and armed police in urban environments.

It is likely that Breivik simply purchased ordinary hollow-point expanding ammunition using his hunting licence. He had listed hunting as one of his pastimes on Facebook.

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Published on Tuesday, 26th July, 2011 at 19:45 under the news category, by Gareth Corfield.
Last updated on 26th July 2011 at 20:35.

This post has the following tags: andersbehringbreivik, utoeyashootings, oslobombing.





  
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