Danish police raided several locations in Copenhagen yesterday, foiling preparations for what looks to have been a major al-Qaeda plot:
Eleven addresses were raided in Copenhagen during the overnight police operation, police said.
Buildings in the city’s southern suburb of Ishoej and its Noerrebro district – both with large immigrant populations – were among those cordoned off by police.
The suspects held on Monday had been under surveillance for some time, police said. Six of them are reportedly Danish citizens.
"With the arrests, we have prevented a terror attack," Jakob Scharf, an official from the Danish police intelligence agency said.
"They also have been producing an unstable explosive in a densely populated area," Mr Scharf said.
Earlier in the article the BBC mentions the national origins of the plotters: Afghan, Pakistani, Somali and Turkish. Danish police are convinced they’re connected to "a senior al-Qaeda figure."
Why Denmark? The Danes haven’t endeared themselves to radical Muslims with their support of the US in the Long War, including committing troops to combat in Afghanistan. They’re also the home of the infamous cartoons of blasphemy, the publication of which lead to (Islamic) world-wide riots and deaths. To Denmark’s everlasting credit, the government rejected Muslim demands for submission and refused to punish the paper that printed them.
So, Denmark now finds itself in the cross hairs of a bunch of medieval fascist wackos. Danish intelligence has stopped several plots since 2005, and this latest one won’t be the last.
LINKS: More at LGF, Captain’s Quarters, Power Line, and Gates of Vienna.