COPENHAGEN- Four suspects were arrested by the Danish police on Thursday on the grounds of having been recruited by ISIS to commit terrorist violence, were another two people were also arrested for breaking Danish weapons law. The Police stated that all four had been charged for “having violated the penal code … by allowing themselves to be recruited by ISIS in Syria to commit terrorist acts”.
The two people who are believed to might have connections to ammunition and weapons were later arrested by the police on Thursday, noting that thhttp://english.aawsat.com/wp-admin/edit.phpe aforementioned were found during a search carried out in connection with the earlier detention of the four. The two will be indicted for breaking Danish weapons law, Copenhagen Police said in a statement.
Worth noting that the Danish arrests were done as a part of a joint effort by police and the intelligence service PET to combat the enlisting of people by terrorist groups in war-torn areas of Syria and northern Iraq, said the police.
Nevertheless no further details were given by the police on the identities of the six, or the charges against them, where each of them will appear before a judge for preliminary hearings on Friday. The police said that the prosecution had requested that Friday’s hearing for the four suspected ISIS recruits be closed to the public.
In October PET said that more than 125 people are believed to have joined ISIS after going to Syria and Iraq from Denmark, adding that at least 27 had died there.
“We know that people who have fought for ISIS in Syria or Iraq may pose a specific security threat against Denmark,” Justice Minister Soren Pind said in statement shortly after the arrests. Only one person, a 23-year-old, has previously been charged under the same section of the Danish penal code with being recruited for terrorist acts. He was charged in December and his trial is expected to begin in May.
Danish authorities have been on high alert since two people were killed in shooting attacks at a free speech event and a synagogue in Copenhagen in February last year. ISIS claimed responsibility for suicide bomb attacks that killed 32 people in Brussels last month and attacks in Paris in November that killed 130 people.