Earlier today, Denmark’s intelligence service arrested eight “Islamic militants linked to leading al-Qaida figures.” Six of the eight are Danish citizens; the suspects are of Afghan, Pakistani, Somali and Turkish origin.
Danish authorities say that the eight suspects were plotting “an attack involving explosives.” The arrests were carried out in at least two locations in or near Copenhagen. One was the capital’s Noerrebro district, where, as we noted yesterday, riots have been taking place. The riots have been attributed to “anarchists,” and I’ve seen no indication as to whether, as in France, these anarchists are also Muslim immigrants.
The trial of another group of terrorist criminal defendants is scheduled to start on Wednesday. Danish authorities did not indicate whether that timing is coincidental, or whether they thought the group arrested last night might be planning an attack to coincide with the trial.
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