On Thursday, the Danish police arrested several people suspected of preparing a terrorist attack as part of a coordinated action, Reuters writes. The three arrests took place in different places across the country, one person was secured in the Netherlands, added the British BBC.
“Our investigation revealed a network of individuals who planned a terrorist attack. These persons were connected to other people abroad. Those detained will be charged under the Anti-Terrorism Act,” Danish police said at a press conference called together with the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET).
Police inspector Flemming Drejer added at a press conference that security around Jewish monuments will be strengthened and police patrols will patrol more often in Copenhagen.
“It is extremely serious. We have seen for many years that there are people living in Denmark who do not wish us anything good. Who are against our freedom and who are against Danish society with everything that belongs to it,” Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told the Ritzau news agency in Brussels.
PET in Denmark has been warning about possible terrorist threats for more than ten years. Since 2010, the service has maintained a level of terror alertness of four out of five, which means “significant threat”. Increased security concerns have emerged recently due to several cases of Koran burning that have angered Muslims. In response, the Danish parliament passed a law prohibiting inappropriate handling of religious texts in public places.