Danish, German Authorities Detain 14 Suspects In Counter-Terrorism Operation

Police officers search addresses in Holbaek, Denmark. Denmark’s intelligence service said it detained 13 people over a suspected terror plot, with another person arrested in Germany in a linked case.

Authorities in Denmark and Germany have arrested a total of 14 people in the last week on suspicion of planning one or more terrorist attacks, according to the Danish Security and Intelligence Service.

The agency, known as PET, said in a release that it had detained 13 suspects in separate incidents, and that German authorities had arrested another person in a case linked to the investigation.

Working with police, PET said it arrested seven people on attempted terrorism charges. The suspects are charged with acquiring ingredients and components for manufacturing explosives and firearms, or aiding and abetting in the offense. The Court of Holbæk — about 40 miles west of Copenhagen — ordered the detention of another six people PET said, adding that those individuals are all involved in the case.

We believe that there are individuals with the intent and capacity to commit terrorist attacks in Denmark, the agency said.

Danish broadcaster DR reports that the seven terror suspects have pleaded not guilty. The charges against the six other Danish suspects or the individual arrested in Germany have not yet been made public. Of the 13 people detained in Denmark, eight are men and five are women.

At a press briefing on Friday, PET operations chief Flemming Drejer said police had made worrying findings during their searches, turning up items including ingredients for making bombs, detonators, pump guns and a hunting rifle with binoculars.

Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten newspaper reported that investigators also found an ISIS flag, which Drejer said indicates that those involved may be inspired by militant Islamism.

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