Five MUSLIM men have been arrested on suspicion of preparing a terror attack against a Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, which published the controversial Muhammad cartoons, causing violent Musim riots around the world.
Denmark’s PET security police said the suspects had planned to enter a Copenhagen office block housing several newspapers including offices of the daily Jyllands-Posten to ‘kill as many as possible of those around.’
Four of the men were arrested in Denmark and one in Sweden.
CNN–Searches carried out after Wednesday’s arrests uncovered a machine gun with a matching silencer and live ammunition, and plastic strips that can be used as handcuffs, the intelligence agency said.
An attack could have been carried out in the coming days, it said. The arrests were made at two apartments on the outskirts of the Danish capital, Copenhagen, the agency said.
Three of the men live in Sweden and entered Denmark in the past two days, PET said. They are a 44-year-old Tunisian national, a 29-year-old Swedish national born in Lebanon,and a 30-year-old Swedish national whose country of origin was not yet known.
The fourth man is a 26-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker living in Denmark, the intelligence agency said.
At the same time, Swedish authorities arrested a 37-year-old Swedish national of Tunisian origin, the agency said.
The targeted newspaper is the same paper that published controversial political cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed five years ago.
Agency Director-General Jakob Scharf said authorities succeeded in repelling an “imminent” terrorist attack.
“Allegedly, several of the suspects, who must be considered militant Islamists with relations to international terror networks, would have attempted to force their way into the office of Jyllands-Posten or Politiken in Copenhagen and to kill as many as possible of the persons present,” Scharf said. “The arrests underline the seriousness of the terror threat directed against Denmark and particularly against institutions and individuals related to the cartoon case.”