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Danish Muslim groups condemn ‘barbaric’ Isis

An umbrella organisation of Muslim groups has spoken out against the jihadist group's "brutality" and "misuse of Islam" and an anti-Isis march has been planned in Copenhagen.

The Muslim organisation Dansk Muslimsk Union (DMU) has officially condemned the Islamic State, the terrorist group alternately known as Isis. 
 
“Isis’s extreme behaviour creates a completely distorted picture of Islam and reducing this beautiful and peaceful religion to nothing more than a horror story and a feared ideology. By doing so, Isis has made itself an enemy of Islam that has no legitimacy as a true expression of Islam or as a model for Muslims,” DMU wrote in a press statement. 
 
“Dansk Muslimsk Union condemns the organisation Isis, its brutality, its murder of innocent people, its highjacking of the concept of a caliphate and its misuse of Islam as a religion,” DMU added. 
 
DMU serves as an umbrella organisation for groups including the Islamic Society in Denmark (Det Islamiske Trossamfund) and the Danish Islamic Council (Dansk Islamisk Råd). 
 
In addition to DMU’s condemnation, an anti-Isis demonstration has been arranged by Danish Muslims for Saturday in Copenhagen. 
 
“It’s high time that we show our solidarity with the poor people who on a daily basis endure Isis’ barbaric and gruesome actions and abuse,” the organisers write on Facebook. 
 
The demonstration will begin at Nørrebro’s Red Square at 6pm on Saturday. 
 
Parts of Denmark's Muslim community have come under fire in recent weeks for expressing support for Isis. A mosque in Aarhus said that "we cannot help but support the Islamic State', while a humanitarian organisation in Copenhagen is suspecting of helping to finance the jihadist group through the sale of stickers. Meanwhile, a Dane who fought alongside Isis has warned that Denmark will be targeted by the group while another Danish jihadist posted photos of himself posing with the severed heads of Isis victims

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POLICE

Six arrested in Denmark raid for suspected Isis links

Six men suspected of being members of the so-called Islamic State (Isis) group or funding it were arrested in an anti-terror raid in Denmark on Tuesday, police said.

Six arrested in Denmark raid for suspected Isis links
File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

The suspects, whose identities were not disclosed, are aged between 27 and 35, police in East Jutland said.

Two of the suspects were arrested in the Danish capital Copenhagen and the four others in Aarhus, Denmark’s second-biggest city.

“Two of the people arrested, a man aged 29 from the region of Aarhus and a 30-year-old man living in Copenhagen, are suspected of penal code violations… for having travelled to Syria in 2014, where they were recruited by the terrorist organisation Islamic State,” police said in a statement.

The 29-year-old is also suspected of having tried to return to Syria in early 2015 to rejoin Isis.

Under his instruction, the four other suspects are accused of having acted as “intermediaries” and having sent money to the organisation.

According to Danish intelligence service PET, at least 160 people have travelled from Denmark to fight in Syria or Iraq. About a third of them have been killed in action, 32 are still there and around half of them have either returned to Denmark or another country.

Jihadism is considered the biggest threat to Denmark’s national security, according to PET.

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