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Temporary move "out of respect to those affected" by murders

Norwegian retail chain removes violent games and toys

Norwegian retail giant Coop Norway has removed 51 games and weapon-like toys in the wake of the Norwegian massacre.

Norwegian newspaper Rogalands Avis reported that the Coop Norway retail chain would be removing from sale a number of games including: Homefront, Sniper Ghost Warrior, Counter-Strike, World of Warcraft and the Call of Duty games.

The alleged murderer Anders Behring Breivik had spoken at length about ha number of videogames including World of Warcraft and Call of Duty 4 in a massive ‘manifesto’ written before the attack.

Coop Norway Retail director Geir Inge Stokke described the removal as temporary and "out of respect and in respect to those affected."

"We took the decision to remove the games immediately when we realised the scale", said Stokke.

"Others are more qualified than us to point to the effects [on players] these games have. Right now, it is natural for us to remove them," he added.

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