Cartoon terror plot foiled

Four people suspected of planning a
terror attack against a newspaper that printed controversial cartoons about the
Prophet Mohammed have been arrested.

The Danish Intelligence Agency PET
said that three of the four men were Swedish residents who entered the country
between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

It said that Swedish and Danish
authorities had co-operated to stop the planned attack on the headquarters of
the Jyllands-Posten newspaper.

Jacob Scharf, head of PET, said
that the arrests had stopped “an imminent terror attack”, adding that
the suspects had allegedly planned to “kill as many people as
possible”.

Anders Danielsson, head of the
Swedish security police, added: “A serious terror crime in Denmark has
been thwarted.”

The suspects from Sweden were
identified as a 44-year-old Tunisian citizen, a 29-year-old Lebanese-born man
and a 30-year-old Swedish resident whose origin was not immediately
known. 

The fourth suspect was a
26-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker living in Copenhagen.

The quartet face preliminary
charges of attempting to carry out an act of terrorism, and will have a custody
hearing today, Thursday.

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