Media speculate on responsibility for Norway terrorist attack

A selection of reactions from journalists on Twitter.

Lethal Oslo Bombing: Who Are The Suspects? http://bit.ly/mXy1KY
SkyNews
July 22, 2011

“…groups including the Tamil Tigers and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula had cause to hold a grudge against Norwegian authorities.”

If this is a car bomb then it will have been carefully planned and unlikely to be one person ‘inspired’ to act alone. Al Qaeda seems likely.
KeirSimmonsITV
July 22, 2011
If reports of shooting at youth camp after bomb in Oslo are true, this could be a version of the ‘Mumbai style’ attack that had been feared.
KeirSimmonsITV
July 22, 2011
The New York Times reports that terror group ‘Helpers of the Global Jihad’ have claimed responsibility for #Oslo attacks
BBCNews
July 22, 2011
1 confirmed dead in #oslo blast http://bit.ly/qHRTPb #osloexpl
CBSNews
July 22, 2011
“Terror expert John Bew told CBS Radio News says the attack could very well have been carried out by al Qaeda”
Oslo explostion – possible motive if a bomb; Norway has about 500 soldiers in Afghanistan with Nato-led coalition.
bryansixone
July 22, 2011
Oslo: End of innocence? by our Norwegian colleague @jornmadslien http://t.co/bfasuUq #osloexpl
nmalinarich
July 22, 2011
Also RT by @davelee
Earlier this month, Norwegian police held 3 people in al Qaeda bomb plot.
paulbharrison
July 22, 2011
RT by Mark White
Word of caution re reports of security alerts and other incidents in Norway, there’s often panicked or inaccurate reports after major events
skymarkwhite
July 22, 2011
@Tabacaria Not jumping to conclusions – but some people were asking if Norway was involved in #Afghanistan. It is
AlanFisher
July 22, 2011
Important to point out that Norway is involved in #Afghanistan and #Libya
AlanFisher
July 22, 2011
Norway will pay a heavy price for my death,” he said. “If, for example, Erna Solberg deports me and I die a… (cont) http://deck.ly/~LB8kE
AlanFisher
July 22, 2011
Osloblast comes comes days after Norwegian prosecutors filed a terrorism charge against Mullah Krekar, founde… (cont) http://deck.ly/~pVKke
AlanFisher
July 22, 2011
It’s not clear is #Osloblast is linked to threat made by Mullah Krekar, founder of the Kurdish Islamist group Ansar al-Islam,
AlanFisher
July 22, 2011
@AlanFisher Al-Qaeda’s Problem with Norway http://t.co/gVXPMoB
dilgetimocin
July 22, 2011
RT by Alan Fisher
Lots of rumours flying around – people very frightened. It reminds me of immediate aftermath of 7/7 attacks in London#osloblast
AlanFisher
July 22, 2011
@JimboTW heard some Swedish Norwegian connection to Afghan
frasereC4
July 22, 2011
RT @thomaswright08 A year ago, Norway broke an Al Qaeda plot in that country http://t.co/CZJjVX1 // via @OKnox
Alex_Ogle
July 22, 2011
Article in the Atlantic last year: “Why Does Al-Qaeda Have a Problem With Norway?” http://t.co/iv9mjOn #osloexpl (thanks @bdomenech)
Alex_Ogle
July 22, 2011
Oslo explosion: ‘several’ dead, dozens injured after Norway city blast http://tgr.ph/oJ43yr
TelegraphNews
July 22, 2011

“NATO member Norway has sometimes in the past been threatened by leaders of al Qaeda for its involvement in Afghanistan.”

History of Islamic militant attacks in Europe http://tgr.ph/op34fD
TelegraphNews
July 22, 2011
Norway attacks: who is responsible? http://tgr.ph/pMfKAb
TelegraphNews
July 22, 2011

“Norway has deployed around 500 troops in Afghanistan, and three Norwegian newspapers (Aftenposten, Dagbladet and Magazinet) published the controversial Prophet Muhammad cartoons in 2005-2006, providing another possible motive.”

Why was Norway attacked? http://huff.to/p63XsY
HuffingtonPost
July 22, 2011

“Whoever turns out to be responsible, it’s clear Norway’s international role in peace and conflict hasn’t come without risk. And if Al-Qaeda was involved, Norwegian nationals, or foreigners fluent in the language, were probably available to carry out the attack.”

“Although police would not speculate on who was responsible for Friday’s attack or whether international groups were involved, Norway has been grappling with a homegrown terror plot linked to al-Qaida.” Yahoo News

BBC commentator speculates that terrorists might confuse Scandinavian countries.
jeffjarvis
July 22, 2011
Many Islamists conflate Scandinavian countries. E.g. in 2006 Norwegian embassies were attacked following Danish cartoons. #Oslo #Norway
QuilliamF
July 22, 2011
RT by @FrankRGarner
Norway blast – working assumption is it was a bomb but not confirmed. AQ’s AlZawahiri threatened Norway in 2007.
FrankRGardner
July 22, 2011
RT by @kevinbakhurst
Sorry, have I missed something? What has #Norway ever done to anyone other than inflict the lead singer of Aqua on the world? Shocked.
NikDarlington
July 22, 2011
@NikDarlington participating in ISAF from the beginning and a Norwegian newspaper re-printing the Danish cartoons, mostly.
mathiasbarrett
July 22, 2011
@OwenJones84 part of ISAF since beginning, & Norwegian newspapers reprinted those Danish anti-Islam cartoons
NikDarlington
July 22, 2011
@afneil Yes, but legitimate to raise links between radical Islamist & neo-Nazi groups, and common support for 9/11. Consider Horst Mahler.
OliverKamm
July 23, 2011
Bomb explodes in Oslo. At least one person dead, many injured. http://bit.ly/qBaOHK
TheSunNewspaper
July 22, 2011

“David Lea, Western Europe analyst at risk consultants Control Risks, said: “There certainly aren’t any domestic Norwegian terrorist groups although there have been some al-Qaeda-linked arrests from time to time”

If terrorism, perhaps the government of Norway will finally rid itself of Mullah Krekar.
mcmoynihan
July 22, 2011
@Marguer_d First reports from Norway also “pushed Islamic angle.” See for instance this: http://bit.ly/nM1CIr
mcmoynihan
July 22, 2011
VID-See the Aftermath of the Explosion That Rocked the Norwegian Gov”t Headquarters http://t.co/PttG6Eb via @theblaze js
theblaze
July 22, 2011
“Terrorism has also been a concern in neighboring Denmark since an uproar over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad six years ago.”

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