5 Arrested in Plot on Danish Newspaper

Planned to 'kill as many of the people present as possible'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 29, 2010 9:20 AM CST

(Newser) – Denmark's intelligence service today arrested four people suspected of planning an "imminent" terror attack against a newspaper that printed the controversial Prophet Mohammad cartoons; Swedish police said they arrested a fifth suspect. The group planned to enter the building where the Jyllands-Posten daily has its Copenhagen newsdesk and "kill as many of the people present as possible."

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"An imminent terror attack has been foiled," said the head of the Danish Security and Intelligence Service, describing some of the suspects as "militant Islamists." During the raids, police found an automatic weapon, a silencer, and live ammunition. Danish intelligence says three of the four men were residents of Sweden and had entered the country yesterday evening. The fifth suspect was a 37-year-old Swedish citizen of Tunisian origin living in Stockholm. The four men face preliminary charges of attempting to carry out an act of terrorism and will face a custody hearing tomorrow. (Read more Jyllands-Posten stories.)

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