Four Suspects of Terror Attacks Arrested
Danish authorities reported Thursday that they had arrested and detained four individuals, one in the Netherlands and three in Denmark, suspected of plotting terror attacks. Speaking to the press yesterday, Danish Security and Intelligence Service (SIS) head Flemming Drejer said the arrests in the Netherlands and Denmark came after an intensive investigation in collaboration with Israeli intelligence agency Mossad.
Drejer revealed that the arrested trio in Denmark, which is believed to have connections with several terror groups across the world, are now facing terror-related charges. The SIS director, however, did not provide enough details about the motives or targets of the planned terror attacks. But he hinted that Jewish places of interest were the primary targets, likely due to the ongoing war in the Middle East.
Israeli Authorities Joint Statement
Hours after Danish authorities had announced the arrests, the Israeli Prime Minister’s office, Mossad, and Israel’s internal security service, Shin Bet, published a joint statement commending Denmark’s law enforcement for the arrests. The statement, however, added that the number of arrested individuals was seven and had been acting on behalf of Gaza-based terror group Hamas. According to the Israeli authorities, the goal of the seven was to murder innocent civilians in Europe.
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As of this writing, Danish officials have yet to comment on the statement. Moreover, no explanation has been issued regarding the difference in the number of people arrested.
Speaking during a European Union summit in Belgium on Thursday, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said the planned attacks were in relation to the Hamas-Israel conflict. She added that it was unacceptable for anyone to expand the conflict to Denmark.
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