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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."
Lars Hedegaard, president of the Danish Free Press Society and a critic of Islam, survived an assassination attempt outside his home. The assailant fired and missed, then fled when his gun jammed. Shortly thereafter, two men in ski masks were seen jumping into the hippopotamus enclosure at the nearby Copenhagen Zoo. In 2011 Hedegaard was cleared of a racism charge for anti-Muslim comments made at a party.
'Kaldet til Islam' (The Call to Islam), a radical Danish Muslim group, regularly follows the sermons of Omar Bakri, a Syrian extremist cleric now imprisoned in Lebanon who has praised the 9/11 attacks and said anyone who insults the Prophet Mohammed should be killed. Parliament is beefing up security due to the rising risk of a terrorist bombing.
The Israeli ambassador advised Jews in Denmark to avoid wearing Jewish faith symbols in public in order to avoid harassment. Authorities have urged Jews to be especially cautious in Copenhagen's multiethnic Nørrebro district.
Three men arrested in April on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack were sentenced to 18 months in prison on weapons charges. One defendant said the weapons were intended for Syrian rebel fighters; another, a Jordanian, was an al Qaeda sympathizer.
About 25 pro-Palestinian protesters vandalized the Israeli Embassy, throwing fireworks and spray-painting graffiti on the embassy walls. One of the vandals was detained.
An agent for Denmark's intelligence agency claimed to have helped the CIA track down al Qaeda ideologue Anwar al Awlaki in Yemen. Thousands of Muslims protested an anti-Islam film in front of the US Embassy in Copenhagen.
A Kurdish TV station lost its broadcast license for two months for failing to cooperate in an investigation into its links with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan blamed Scandinavian countries for increased PKK violence, saying,"Terrorist leaders walk free in these countries, and they allow them to collect financial aid in the streets, creating a resource worth millions of euros."
Authorities arrested eight Kurdish men in Copenhagen suspected of sending as much as $24.6 million to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been banned in Turkey, the US, and the European Union. Police said more arrests may be forthcoming in the investigation, which is linked to the Copenhagen-based Kurdish television station Roj TV.
About 500 Islamist protesters organized by the Scandinavian arm of the Hizb ut-Tahrir gathered outside the US Embassy in Copenhagen on Sept. 16, condemning the US presence in the Middle East and carrying protest banners. One said: "Freedom of expression, a means of oppression." A spokesman accused the US of creating an atmosphere of Islamophobia. A bag of military-type explosives was found on a Copenhagen street.
A court sentenced four men from Sweden to 12 years in prison for plotting "to kill as many people as possible" at a Danish newspaper that had published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. The ringleader, a Tunisian, had received terrorist training in Pakistan in 2010; another suspect, of Lebanese origin, fought with Islamist militias in Somalia in 2006. The plotters were linked to Ilyas Kashmiri, an al Qaeda commander who planned Mumbai-style attacks in Europe.
Security forces arrested two brothers, aged 18 and 23, and charged them with planning acts of terror. The suspects are Somalis who have lived in Denmark for the past 16 years. One of them was trained by Shabaab in Somalia.
An axe-wielding Somali citizen who broke into the home of a Danish cartoonist and tried to kill him has been given a 10-year sentence followed by deportation. One of the four men who plotted to attack a Danish newspaper in December 2010 told the court he was only in Copenhagen for the fireworks; the prosecution has rested its case.
A Danish army officer faces charges of dereliction of duty for failing to ascertain that four Afghans he targeted for a helicopter strike were not insurgents. One of the suspected terrorists arrested in Copenhagen last week, an athlete who in 2009 rejected an offer to play on the national football team, had posted pro-al Qaeda messages on the Internet. A fifth suspect remains at large.
Three suspected terrorists arrested in Copenhagen yesterday will be held for four weeks while the investigation continues; one pled guilty to weapons charges. A fourth man linked to the plot, a Palestinian, appeared in court on a charge of illegal entry into the country.