Denmark: Somali Muslims fear 'backlash' over arrests in botched Mo toon plot

PET’s former operative chief Hans Joergen Bonnichsen said: “To me there is no doubt that the latest arrests are rooted in the Muhammad cartoons.” Yet still no one in the West denounces the madness and irrationality of killing and plotting to kill over cartoon images. Instead, the calls continue to limit the freedom of speech to appease the irrationally violent.

“PET foil ‘concrete terror action,'” by Christian Wenande in the Copenhagen Post, May 29 (thanks to JW):

Domestic intelligence services have picked up two Danish-Somali brothers suspected of plotting a terrorist attack in Denmark.

The two brothers, who are believed to have connections to the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab, were arrested on Monday evening and are due to appear in court today in Aarhus for preliminary questioning.

One of the brothers was arrested in Aarhus while the other was arrested at Copenhagen Airport. Authorities have ransacked two addresses in connection with the arrests.

Domestic intelligence agency PET suspect the two brothers, aged 18 and 23, of planning a terror attack in Denmark after hearing them discuss potential targets, methods of attack and use of weaponry. Both brothers are Danish citizens of Somali heritage and have lived in the Aarhus area for about 16 years.

One of the brothers is suspected to have received instruction at an al-Shabab training base in Somalia, which is a new phenomenon for a terror arrest in Denmark, according to Hans Jørgen Bonnichsen, the former operative head of PET.

”It makes a difference whether or not they have been trained or are self-active,” Bonnichsen told Politiken newspaper. “It is the first time in Denmark that an arrested individual has been trained, and the odds of success increases greatly the moment that one is operationally capable.”…

“It is the belief of PET that a concrete terror action has been prevented with these arrests,” PET wrote on its website. “And the arrests do not change the assessment of the terror threat level in Denmark, which is still viewed as being serious.”

Meanwhile, the umbrella organisation for 13 Somali associations, AarhuSomali, was shocked about the terror plans and have vowed to help the authorities any way they can.

“I am concerned, shocked and sad about the situation concerning two young Somali brothers arrested for terror,” AarhuSomali spokesman Abdirahman M. Lidle told Ekstra Bladet tabloid. “We want the case to be solved and will help any way we can.”

Despite several enquiries in the Somali community, no information has surfaced about the two arrested brothers.


How odd! I thought they wanted to help any way they could!

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