Denmark: Two charged with planning attack on Europe

Police in Denmark said today that a Bosnian prosecutor has charged two suspects held in Sarajevo with planning a terror attack against a European country.

Police in Denmark said today that a Bosnian prosecutor has charged two suspects held in Sarajevo with planning a terror attack against a European country.

Danish police, who have co-operated with Bosnian investigators, said they had received a copy of the charges against Swedish citizen Mirsad Bektasevic and Turkish national Cesur Abdulkadir, who were arrested in Sarajevo in October.

According to the charges, the planned attack was aimed at forcing a European country to withdraw its forces from either Iraq or Afghanistan, police spokesman Anders Linnet said.

He said the country was not specified in the charges. Prosecutors in Sarajevo would not immediately confirm the charges.

“The men were formally charged with planning a terror attack somewhere in Bosnia-Herzegovina or in Europe,” Linnet said.

“The purpose of the attack was to press a European government to leave Iraq or Afghanistan.”

Bektasevic, 19, and Abdulkadir, 18, have been held since October, when police in Sarajevo raided an apartment and seized plastic explosives, a suicide belt and a videotape in which a masked man begged Allah’s forgiveness for the sacrifice the group was about to commit.

More suspects linked to the case were arrested in Bosnia, Britain and Denmark.

Danish police arrested seven young Muslims – six men and one woman – accused of belonging to or helping a network planning an a terrorist attack in Europe.

Two of them have been released from jail but all seven are still under investigation. They have not been named.

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