Denmark charges seven in connection with alleged terror plot

[JURIST] Danish police Tuesday charged seven men with planning a terror attack in the country after arresting them and two others in a raid on an Odense suburb [Danish Justice Ministry press release, in Danish] populated largely by immigrants. Justice Minister Lene Espersen [official profile] told AP that "the clues police found indicate that they were very likely planning an attack somewhere in Denmark." Danish authorities have been on heightened alert since an international furor erupted in February over the 2005 publication by a Danish paper of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive]. Espersen said it was unclear whether the alleged plot was related to the cartoons controversy in any way.

Danish officials did say, however, that law enforcement had been monitoring the group for some time and that Tuesday's raid was unconnected to an alleged terror plot to blow up trains in neighboring Germany, for which six suspects were charged [JURIST report] by Lebanese authorities on Saturday. AP has more.



 

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