Danish Police Prevent Bombings- Arrest 8 Linked to Al Qaeda
Six of the eight Al Qaeda-linked terrorists were Danish citizens.
Euronews has video of the Denmark arrests.
Danish police have arrested eight people with alleged links to al-Qaeda on suspicion of planning a bomb attack. The eight suspects arrested late on Monday in Copenhagen form part of a terror cell with links to a senior al-Qaeda figure, police said.
The suspects, aged between 19 and 29, were of Afghan, Pakistani, Somali and Turkish origin, police said.
Denmark’s contribution to the US-led military campaign in Iraq has prompted fears that terrorists may target it.
The country also drew anger from Muslims worldwide after a Danish newspaper last year printed cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
Eleven addresses were raided in Copenhagen during the overnight police operation, police said.
Buildings in the city’s southern suburb of Ishoej and its Noerrebro district – both with large immigrant populations – were among those cordoned off by police.
The suspects held on Monday had been under surveillance for some time, police said. Six of them are reportedly Danish citizens.
“With the arrests, we have prevented a terror attack,” Jakob Scharf, an official from the Danish police intelligence agency said.
Danish police search the area in front of an apartment building in northwestern Copenhagen. Danish police have said they had prevented a terrorist attack with the arrest overnight of eight men believed to be linked to Al-Qaeda and suspected of possessing bomb materials. (AFP)
In August Al Qaeda called for suicide attacks in Denmark.
The Islamist website www.ekhlaas.cc, hosted by SiteGenie LLC in Rochester, Minnesota, posted a document calling for “martyrdom [i.e., suicide] operations” in Denmark.