UPDATED: Abu Suleiman al-Nasser, an Islamist with links to Al-Qaeda and other Islamic extremist groups, claimed responsibility for yesterday's bomb in Oslo, but this now appears to be false.
Helpers of the Global Jihad have since issued a retraction of their earlier statement claiming that they caused the bombing in central Oslo.
An Islamic extremist alleging to be Abu Suleiman Al-Nasser originally claimed responsibility for the attacks. However, Iraqi security forces claimed to have shot dead a man named Al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman, who had well-documented links to Al-Qaeda, in February this year. It is not unheard of for Al-Qaeda extremists to claim responsibility for acts of terrorism which are not their own.
The ‘Helpers of Global Jihad’ group, of which al-Nasser is a member, originally made the claims in an email circular issued to various sources. The group does not appear to have any past history.
It is thought that the bombings are a belated response to Norwegian newspapers and magazines republishing cartoons of Mohammed originally published by Jyllands-Posten of Denmark.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said, “I was outraged to hear about the explosion in Oslo and attack on Utøya Island. My thoughts are with wounded and those who lost family.”
Knut Storberget, Norway’s Minister of Justice confirmed yesterday evening the arrested shooter, who is believed to have carried several guns, is a Norwegian.