17th May 2022

Five held in Danish terror plot against Jyllands-Posten

  • Offices of Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten (Photo: David Scott)

Five people suspected of planning an "imminent" terrorist attack on the Copenhagen offices of Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten have been arrested.

Officials from the Danish security service (PET) said the men intended to burst into the newspaper office and kill as many people as possible.

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The suspects included two Swedish residents with Tunisian backgrounds, one Lebanon-born Swede and an Iraqi, the security service said.

A machine gun and ammunition were among the items seized in connection with the arrests.

Justice Minister Lars Barfoed described the plot as "outrageous" and "the most serious attempt at terror so far in Denmark".

Three previous attacks on the Jyllands-Posten have been reported already this year.

The paper attracted controversy with Muslims around the world in 2005 when it published a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb-shaped turban.

Any visual representation of the Prophet is considered blasphemous by Muslims.

An Iraq-born Swedish Muslim blew himself up in Stockholm earlier this month ahead of an attempted suicide bombing.

However, the suspects held on Wednesday are not thought to be linked to the Stockholm bomber, Swedish police said.

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