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Authorities announced a possible lead in the investigation into the February attack on Danish free speech advocate Lars Hedegaard. A dark blue VW Transporter van was seen outside Hedegaard's residence just prior to the attempted shooting. The car was purchased a few days earlier by a man of "ethnic origin other than Danish" who used the false identity "Mohammed Issa"; his description matches that of the attacker.
The head of PET, Denmark's secret service agency, said the agency and the government are taking measures to crack down on Danes who travel to Syria to fight with the rebels, who pose "one of the most serious security risks to the Danish society at the moment." PET estimates that at least 65 Danes have fought in the conflict; five are known to have been killed in Syria. Many of the Danish fighters are said to have joined the al Qaeda-linked Al Nusrah Front.
Convicted terrorist Said Mansour, 'the bookseller from Brønshøj', was charged again with terrorism last week, after a tipoff from Scotland Yard linked to the investigation of extremist cleric Abu Qatada in London. Like Qatada, Mansour is wanted by Jordan. Two weeks earlier, one-legged Chechen bomber Lors Doukaev was deported to Belgium to serve out a terrorism sentence.
After being tipped off by Scotland Yard, Danish police arrested a man in Copenhagen linked to extremist cleric Abu Qatada, and are examining evidence seized during the arrest to see if it is banned extremist material. Last year jihadist material in Qatada's name was published online by Al Nur Islamic Information, a Copenhagen company with ties to Said Mansour, a convicted Danish terrorist.
A 29-year-old man who was arrested in Aarhus on March 27 has been sentenced in absentia to police custody after being committed to a psychiatric hospital. Prior to his arrest, the man had shouted he was a terrorist, threatened to blow up the bus on which he was riding, and issued threats against Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard.
Two Somali brothers from Aarhus are accused of collaborating to arrange and finance the older brother's stay at a Shabaab training camp in Somalia. The older brother spent several months at a Shabaab camp near Mogadishu until early 2012. The suspects have been in custody since May 2012.
Ahmed Akkari, a Danish Islamic leader who traveled to the Middle East in 2006 to provoke reaction against a Danish newspaper's publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, said he regretted his action now because it resulted in the curtailment of civil rights of Muslim groups in Denmark. He still blames the newspaper for the "ordeal."
Police are looking for a Danish-speaking man with "Middle Eastern traits" who attempted to assassinate Danish free speech advocate and Islam critic Lars Hedegaard yesterday. PET, the domestic intelligence agency, cautioned that it can never "offer full protection to people who make controversial statements in the public debate and thereby become potential targets of violent extremism."