The Copenhagen Post website reports today that the Danish intelligence agency PET arrested four men yesterday (December 29, 2010) on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack against the Copenhagen offices of the Jyllands-Posten newspaper.
The arrests were made in suburban Copenhagen following a long-term surveillance operation in collaboration with the Swedish law-enforcement agency SAPO.
PET said the attack was to be carried out "in the coming days." All four suspects have Middle Eastern or North African backgrounds.
In addition to the arrests in Denmark, Swedish officials arrested a fifth suspect in Stockholm at the same time.
During the arrests, Danish police found an assault rifle, a silencer, and ammunition.
Jakob Scharf, head of PET, described the suspects as "militant Islamists that had connections to international terror network."
Scharf added, "The arrests underscore the terrorist threat that Denmark faces, and in particular anyone who is connected to the Mohammad (demeaning) drawings."