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Breivik apologised to dying mother

Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, who refused to show remorse for killing 77 people in 2011, hugged his mother and apologised for ruining her life before she died of cancer this year, according to a new biography.

The Mother, based on hours of conversations with Wenche Behring Breivik by journalist Marit Christensen released this week, says she once described herself as the world's "saddest mother" who both hated and loved her son.

She had no inkling that he was planning the attacks on July 22, 2011, cooking him a dinner of spaghetti that got cold as she waited in vain for his return and watched the news of bombings and shootings by an unknown killer.