Danish and Swedish police arrested five “militant Islamists” suspected of preparing a terrorist attack in Denmark targeting the newspaper which printed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
Danish police arrested four people near Copenhagen and confiscated a submachine gun with a silencer and ammunition, the PET, Denmark’s Security Intelligence Service, said today in an e-mail. Police also confiscated plastic strips that can be used as handcuffs.
Newspaper Jyllands-Posten has been the target of several threats and thwarted attack plans since it published the drawings in 2005 which also sparked global protest and the torching of Danish embassies in Muslim countries including Syria. David Coleman Headley, a Chicago resident who this year pleaded guilty to planning the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, has also said he prepared an assault on the newspaper.
“With the arrests we have prevented an imminent terrorist attack involving several suspects, who must be described as militant Islamists with links to international terrorist networks,” Jakob Scharf, head of the PET, said in the statement. He said the suspects probably planned to break into the newspaper’s Copenhagen office and “kill as many people as possible.”
Danish police arrested a 44-year-old with Tunisian citizenship, a 29-year-old Lebanon-born Swedish citizen and a 30-year-old Swedish citizen, whose country of origin PET hadn’t yet established. All three, whose names weren’t disclosed, had travelled from Sweden to Denmark late yesterday, PET said. In addition, Danish police arrested a 26-year-old Iraqi asylum- seeker living in Denmark.
“The group’s plans to kill as many as possible is very frightening and this is possibly the most serious terrorism attempt so far in Denmark,” Lars Barfoed, the Danish justice minister, said in an e-mailed statement.
Thank God that the vast majority of these terrorist thugs are dimwitted or we in the West would be paying a steep price.