Danish Terror arrests


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Breaking news:

Nine arrested in terror sweep

From correspondents in Copenhagen
September 05, 2006 11:18pm
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DENMARK'S justice minister said the nine terror suspects arrested in pre-dawn raids this week were likely planning an attack in Denmark.

The men were arrested Tuesday in a suburb west of Odense, Denmark's third-largest city.

“The clues police found indicate that they were very likely planning an attack somewhere in Denmark,” Lene Espersen said.

“It was the most serious matter I have had in my time as justice minister,” she said.

“Police went in and stopped the group as it was preparing an attack.”

This from Bloomberg:
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The arrests in Odense, about 90 miles (144 kilometers) west of the capital Copenhagen, were made after police uncovered evidence that a number of the suspects had ``materials that can be used for the construction of explosives in connection with preparation for an act of terror,'' service head Lars Findsen said in the statement.

``This is very serious, one of the most serious cases that has occurred in Denmark ever,'' Justice Minister Lene Espersen told broadcaster TV2.

Since the arrests, police have been in contact with ``key people in the Muslim community,'' Findsen said. The suspects are men aged between 18 and 33, Findsen told TV2. ``Some of the men are of non-Danish, ethnic origin and some are ethnic Danes,'' Findsen told state broadcaster Danmarks Radio. The suspects are Danish residents with close links to the country, Espersen told Danmarks Radio.

`Sympathize With Terror'

``One of the most terrifying aspects to this case is that we're dealing with people who actually had a close link to Denmark,'' Espersen said in an interview with Danmarks Radio television. ``We know there are people who have an antipathy toward the Danish society and who actually sympathize with terror.''

Police didn't know ``precisely'' how advanced preparations were for an attack. ``We didn't want to run any risks and therefore decided to act now,'' Findsen said.

``The case doesn't have any immediate impact on the security threat, which is already heightened'' in Denmark, Findsen added.

``I find it natural that the police intelligence service doesn't want to run any unnecessary risks when confronted with the suspicion that there might be preparation of a terrorist act under way,'' Espersen said in an e-mailed statement.

Danish intelligence and security have been stepped up since the Nordic country was singled out as a target by al-Qaeda after the July 7, 2005, London bombings. Denmark, like the U.K., is part of the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq. There are 470 Danish soldiers there, and 360 more in Afghanistan, according to the Defense Ministry Web site.

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I fear it may be more closely linked to the upcoming anniversary.....remember the fondness of our chums across the the water for 'spectaculars' to keep the headlines going....

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