Danish jihadists arrested in Germany

A 22-year-old man from Aarhus was among three Danes suspected of kidnapping an Egyptian man in the western German town of Aachen.

Danish jihadists arrested in Germany
The Danish man has previously admitted to fighting alongside Islamic extremists in Syria. Photo: Bulent Kilic/Scanpix
German police arrested three Danes, including an admitted jihadist, for a kidnapping in western Germany, German media reported on Monday. 
The three Danes, along with one Iraqi, were seized by a special police unit in a raid in Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia. They are suspected of kidnapping an Egyptian man in Aachen at the start of September. 
One of the three Danish suspects is a 22-year-old identified as 'Michael C.' from Aarhus, who has previously openly admitted on Danish television to fighting alongside Islamic extremists in Syria.
According to Der Spiegel, the 52-year-old kidnap victim was taken from the front of his apartment in the middle of the day and bundled into a car. The gang then phoned the man’s uncle and demanded a €10,000 (74,500 kroner) payment to secure his release.
But rather than paying, the uncle contacted police, who stormed the men in a fast food joint later that day. The prosecutor in Aachen is now investigating the case, but the Danish man's lawyer suggested he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"I have no evidence to suggest the act was politically motivated," Michael C's lawyer, Andreas Fleuster, told Spiegel Online. "It looks to me like my client was caught up in an unfortunate situation."

In a previous interview with a Danish television outlet, 'Michael C' said that he converted to Islam while in jail. By his own account, he has travelled to Syria on at least three occasions. 

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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.