The Danish authorities say they have foiled a planned terrorist bomb attack. Eight men suspected of having direct links with the Al Qaeda leadership have been arrested. The eight, aged mainly in their twenties, of Afghan, Somali, Pakistani and Turkish origin, had been under surveillance for some time. They were arrested when it was deemed enough evidence had been gathered against them, and because they were believed to have been working with unstable explosives in a dense residential area.
The head of the Danish Intelligence Service Jakob Scharf said: “We can describe these suspects as Islamist militants with international contacts, among them the leaders of Al Qaeda.”
11 locations were raided overnight. Last September Danish police arrested nine people after discovering chemical substances which could be used in bomb making. The court case starts tomorrow. There have also been a numbers of protests in Denmark by Muslims over cartoons featuring the prophet Mohammed in the press.