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Denmark arrests 4 suspects over planned attack

Denmark arrests 4 suspects over planned attack

Denmark's intelligence service on Wednesday arrested four people suspected of planning an "imminent" terror attack against a newspaper that printed the controversial Prophet Muhammad cartoons.
The Danish Security and Intelligence Service, known as PET, said three of the four men were residents of Sweden and had entered the country during the night of Tuesday to Wednesday.
Jakob Scharf, the head of PET, said that "an imminent terror attack has been foiled." He described some the suspects as "militant Islamists."
PET said the group was planning to enter the building where the Jyllands-Posten daily has its Copenhagen newsdesk and had wanted "to kill as many of the people present as possible."
Scharf said the arrests were made after close cooperation with Swedish police.
The three suspects living in Sweden were identified as a 44-year-old Tunisian citizen, a 29-year-old Lebanese-born man and a 30-year-old Swedish resident whose origin was not immediately known. One of the suspects was a 26-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker living in Copenhagen.
The four men face preliminary charges of attempting to carry out an act of terrorism. They will face a custody hearing Thursday.


Updated : 2021-01-23 00:33 GMT+08:00