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Oscar Pistorius Quizzed on Deleted 'Combat Recon Mode' Tweet

Oscar Pistorius was quizzed Monday about a tweet he sent months before fatally shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in which the Olympian discussed going into "full combat recon mode."

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said Pistorius, who is accused of murder, seemed like a person in control of the situation as he approached his bathroom holding a firearm early on Feb. 14 last year. He asked about the tweet Pistorius sent in November 2012 but has since been deleted.

He asked Pistorius to clarify what he meant.

"Were you trained for combat mode?" the prosecutor asked.

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The sprinter said that he was not trained, but said that the phrase was a reference to discussions he had at firing ranges about what he would do "if there was a perceived danger, how you would go about clearing the room."

Image: Oscar Pistorius fires a weapon at a shooting range in a video shown to the court during his murder trial in Pretoria.
Oscar Pistorius fires a weapon at a shooting range in a video shown to the court during his murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa. APTN

Nel said: "I know you think that is a good answer, but being a trained person the court will expect you not to fire without reason... the court will not accept easily that you made a mistake."

Pistorius is accused of the premeditated murder of Steenkamp at his luxury home. The athlete insists he shot the model and law graduate because he believed she was an intruder in the bathroom.

The trial continues.

- Alexander Smith