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Friday, November 12, 1999 Published at 00:16 GMT

World: Americas

Police suppress Columbine killers' videos

Columbine students devastated by the attack

Police in the United States have revealed the existence of video tapes made by the two teenage gunmen who killed 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School in April.

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, who committed suicide after their attack, made several tapes of the events leading up to the school massacre.

The Denver Post newspaper has reported that investigators believe the two killers may have made them specifically for the police.

Jefferson County deputy district attorney Steve Jensen, who revealed the existence of the tapes, said: "It's obvious that these guys wanted to become cult heroes of some kind."

[ image: The pair 'wanted to become cult heroes']
The pair 'wanted to become cult heroes'
Mr Jensen said the police had not previously revealed the existence of the tapes because they were made with that intention.

"Dissemination of this material might allow Klebold and Harris to accomplish their goal, and we don't want them to appear to achieve that kind of status.

" So we will fight tooth and nail to prevent dissemination of those materials." Videos to be used as evidence in court

[ image: Mark Manes is accused of supplying the gun]
Mark Manes is accused of supplying the gun
According to a report from the Associated Press news agency, a short transcript of the tapes is to be used in court on Friday at the sentencing of Mark Manes, who has pleaded guilty to supplying Klebold and Harris with a firearm.

The report also says that the tapes are expected to reveal new information about target-practice shortly before the shootings, and further details of the sale of the gun to the killers.

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