Things are less rotten in Denmark thanks to police arresting five men suspected of plotting a terror attack. This is just the latest in a series of arrests that is sweeping through parts of Western Europe and Scandinavia. The five men taken into custody were in possession of a variety of weapons, including submachine guns equipped with silencers. Authorities say they were planning a Mumbai-style attack on the offices of the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, noted for their publishing a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad in 2005. Islamic law prohibits any images of Muhammad, which led to widespread outrage world-wide over the cartoons. Head of Denamerk’s intelligence agency, PET, Jakob Scharf, described the men as being “militant Islamists”.

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Two of the five men arrested in Copenhagen arrived recently in Denmark from Stockholm, Sweden. Earlier this month, a suicide bomber killed himself when exploding his device in Stockholm. Authorities have not made any connections as of yet between that incident and the men arrested yesterday. However, there does seem to be a pattern developing with a new terror cell headquartered in Sweden. Last week, a dozen men were arrested in the UK and five in Holland as suspected terrorists and several of them were Swedish nationals, though born elsewhere.

One of the five men arrested in Denmark was released, an Iraqi national who claims to be seeking asylum. However, Danish officials say that he is still under suspicion of being involved in this latest terror plot. The other three men will be detained for a month as officials continue their investigation. The fifth suspect arrested was one of the two Swedish nationals, born in Tunisia. He was arrested in Sweden, the other four were arrested in Denmark. The other Swedish national arrested is described as being of ‘unknown origin’, as his nation of birth is unclear.

Swedish and Danish authorities have arrested five men whom may have been planning a Mumbai-style terror attack on the newspaper Jyllands-Posten. In 2005, the Copenhagen-based paper published a cartoon featuring a likeness of the Prophet Muhammad, which caused outrage in Islamic nations world-wide. Four of the five men were arrested in Denmark and one in Stockholm, Sweden. The men were described by Danish official Jakob Scharf as “militant Islamists”. Police seized a cache of weapons, including submachine guns and silencers.

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