Two brothers have been arrested in Denmark on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack. The Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) confirmed that the men, who are thought to have links with a Somali militant Islamic group, were arrested on Monday, May 28.
According to PET, the arrests of the 18 and 23-year-old have “prevented a specific act of terrorism”, as the men allegedly discussed the target, method and weapons for an attack. It also says one of the suspects attended an al-Shabab training camp in Somalia.
One of the brothers was arrested in Aarhus, while the other was intercepted as he returned to Denmark through Copenhagen Airport. Both have lived in Aarhus for 16 years, according to reports.
“A specific act of terrorism has been averted, and as such the perceived threat level against Denmark is not affected, although it remains high,” PET said in a statement, adding that the men will appear in court the following week.
Denmark has been the target of several Islamists attacks since Jyllands-Posten newspaper published controversial cartoons of the holy Muslim Prophet Muhammad in 2005.