5 Arrested in Plot on Danish Newspaper

Niclas Rolander|The Wall Street Journal

STOCKHOLM—-Five people have been arrested in Denmark and Sweden suspected of preparing a terror attack on the Copenhagen offices of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

The Danish security service, PET, said four men were arrested in Denmark and a fifth in Stockholm, Sweden.

“These arrests made it possible to prevent an imminent terror attack, in which several of the suspects, who can be labeled militant Islamists with links to international terror networks,” said Jakob Scharf, General Director of PET in a statement.

According to PET’s information, the suspects were “planning to try to force their way into Jyllands-Posten/Politikens building in Copenhagen and kill as many as possible of the people present there,” he said. The security service said a machine gun with live ammunition was seized in connection with the arrests, in addition to plastic strips that can be used as hand cuffs.

The publication by Jyllands-Posten in September 2005 of cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammad sparked protests by Muslim communities around the world, with demonstrators setting fire to Scandinavian embassies abroad. Under Islamic tradition, images of Muhammad are banned.

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