The following is a full translation of the Arabic statement regarding today's attack in Oslo appearing on the Arabic jihadi forum Shmukh, and re-posted by Will McCants of Jihadica. It bears noting that according to Jihadica, this statement was later retracted for an unknown reason. Regardless, the statement gives insight into what the possible motivation behind the bombings were, assuming the attack was in fact linked to an Islamist group. Given that this linkage has yet to be established in any way whatsoever as of 3:45 EDT, this statement should be taken with a grain of salt.
Praise be to Allah and victory to his united servants, who revealed unto to the idolators and community of infidels, and prayers and peace upon our Prophet Muhammed the sign of the prophets and upon his family and companions.
The almighty said: "So fight, [O Muhammad], in the cause of Allah ; you are not held responsible except for yourself. And encourage the believers [to join you] that perhaps Allah will restrain the [military] might of those who disbelieve. And Allah is greater in might and stronger in [exemplary] punishment." [al-Nisa, 84]. And now the countries of Europe have received another message from the Mujahideen, and the countries of Europe have further proof that the Mujahideen will not stand idly by towards their war against Islam and against Muslims.
Today, Norway was targeted to be a lesson and is to be considered as such to the rest of Europe, which had already threatened us since the Stockholm attack by increasing operations. We had asked the European countries to withdraw their armies from the land of Afghanistan and stop its war against Islam and Muslims. We reiterate our warning to the countries of Europe, and say to them to carry out the demands of the Mujahideen. What you have seen is only the beginning, and more will follow.
Furthermore, the reasons for targeting Norway are many, but most important is its participation in the occupation of Afghanistan and the abuse of our Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him).
Praise be to Allah who enabled his servants the Muhajideen...And we pray to Allah to save our brothers and Mujahideen everywhere.
Glory and praise be to Allah. I bear witness that there is no god but You, and offer repentance to You.
Abu Suleiman al-Nasser
From Ansar al-Jihad al-Alam