The FBI and PET uncover plans to carry out terrorist attacks against Denmark

27.10.2009



PRESS RELEASE


Two individuals under suspicion by the FBI and the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) for preparing comprehensive terror-related...

PRESS RELEASE

Two individuals under suspicion by the FBI and the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) for preparing comprehensive terror-related attacks against specific facilities in Denmark, including the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, have been arrested and imprisoned in the United States.  

One of the individuals was arrested in Chicago on October 3, 2009 following a close co-operation between PET and the FBI. The second individual was arrested on October 18, 2009.  

“PET views this matter very seriously. One of the arrested individuals has an extensive network that includes leading militant extremists in Pakistan who not only wish to strike against Denmark, but who have previously proven capable of performing ruthless acts of terrorism”, says the Director General of PET, Jakob Scharf.  

As part of planning the terrorist attacks against Denmark, one of the individuals has been to Denmark twice in 2009 to conduct extensive surveillance to facilitate terrorist attacks. The most recent visit was in July 2009 where the arrested individual had made detailed video recordings from Copenhagen. In connection with their planning, those arrested have been working together with individuals from the militant terrorist networks Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), al-Qaida and Harakat-ul-Jihad Islami (Huji), and one of the individuals was planning an additional trip to Denmark in late October 2009.  

“The arrested individuals have been closely monitored by the American authorities, and at the same time, PET has launched a number of investigational measures. PET and the FBI assess that the arrests and the uncovering of the terrorist plans have reduced the risk of an attack. PET and the American authorities however are continuing their intensive investigation in order to mitigate this threat”, says the Director General, Jakob Scharf.  

In PET’s assessment, the terrorist attacks were not imminent, but as part of the continued efforts, PET is going to contact the targets of the terrorist plans with a view to heightening the level of security surrounding these facilities.  

Partly based on the matter described above, PET has adjusted the assessment of the terror threat against Denmark (available at www.pet.dk). As part of this adjustment, PET has found no cause to change the threat level which already reflects the seriousness of the perceived threat to Denmark.