Danish police link foiled terror plot to Hamas

Palestinian fighters of the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, take part in a parade in the central Gaza Strip on July 19, 2023. (AFP/File)
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COPENHAGEN: A terror plot foiled last December by police and intelligences services in Denmark had links to the Hamas movement, Danish police said on Friday.
Danish prosecutor Anders Larsson has confirmed that the case “has links to Hamas,” Danish police told AFP in an email.
The prosecutor was speaking in Denmark’s Eastern High Court on Friday. But the case was heard behind closed doors and the statement gave no other details.
Police said on December 14 that they had arrested three people in Denmark suspected of planning a “terror” attack but provided no other details.
A total of seven are now suspected of involvement.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on December 14 that Denmark’s security forces had “thwarted an attack, the goal of which was to kill innocent civilians on European soil.”
“The Hamas terrorist organization has been working relentlessly and exhaustively to expand its lethal operations to Europe, and thereby constitute a threat to the domestic security of these countries,” Netanyahu said.
Danish Justice Minister Peter Hummelgaard said Friday that the alleged connection to Hamas “confirms that the threat against Denmark is serious, but luckily we have a strong police and intelligence service doing their best to protect us every day.”