Danish Police Arrest 8, Foil Terror Plot

Officials say the men, with Mideastern backgrounds, are tied to Al Qaeda
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2007 8:14 AM CDT
Jakob Scharf, head of the Danish intelligence service addresses the media, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Denmark's intelligence agency arrested eight Islamic militants linked to a leading...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Danish police have arrested eight men they say were plotting a terror attack and were tied to Al Qaeda. The arrest comes after months of surveillance, an intelligence official told a press conference in Copenhagen today, but he declined to say what country was the target of the attack. "These are militant Islamists with connections to high-ranking members of al Qaeda," he said.

The men, ranging in age from 19 to 29, have Afghan, Pakistani, Somali and Turkish backgrounds. Six are Danish citizens. "Our investigation has shown that some of the suspects had acquired materials to make explosives," the official said, although he would not disclose  whether explosives themselves were found.