Shortly after news of the terrorist attacks in Norway broke, online jihadist forums considered credible began claiming responsibility. Those claims were a big part of the early media coverage. But now, the press is reporting that officials have arrested a Norwegian man named Anders Behring Breivik and the police are saying that he is a right-wing extremist, or merely a psychopath, and not a jihadist.
The Daily Mail (UK) reports:
Police have said the Norwegian terror attacks do not appear to be linked to Islamist terrorism.
The 32-year-old Norwegian man arrested for gunning down children on the holiday island of Utoya has been named locally as Anders Behring Breivik.
Described as 6ft tall and blond, he is reported to have arrived on the island of Utoya and opened fire after beckoning several young people over in his native Norwegian tongue.
The investigation will continue to unfold and we should learn more this weekend.
Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.