Danish interests threatened abroad: PET

The Danish Security and Intelligence Service has warned that Denmark’s involvement in the bombing of Isis targets in northern Iraq has increased the threat against Danish interests abroad.

Danish interests threatened abroad: PET
Danish jets will soon be dropping bombs in Iraq and that has increased the risk against Danish interests. Photo: Christian Als/Scanpix
According to DR,  the national security service Politiets Efterretningstjeneste  (PET) is warning Danish companies and consultants in a long list of countries that they should review their security procedures in light of terrorists’ focus on Denmark.
Denmark was specifically named in an Isis propaganda video that featured captured British journalist John Cantlie apparently reading off of a script provided by his captors. 
“Everyone now is getting involved. Denmark and France have sent air power. Britain is arming the Kurds. Iran is sending troops. Contractors are being sought in Iraq. Even [Syrian president] Bashar al-Assad, until earlier this year the most hated and villianised tyrant in the Arab world, is being approached for permission to enter Syria,” Cantlie reads in the video. 
PET’s new estimation of the threat to Danish interests mentions Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, Jordan, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia the Philippines and Turkey’s border to Syria, which is currently seeing Isis militants attempting to take over the city of Kobane. 
DR reports that PET already viewed the threat against Danish interests as serious in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Afghanistan and Yemen.
International Danish targets have been hit by terrorists before. In June 2008, a car bomb exploded at the Danish Embassy in Islamabad killing four. 
Just last week, the Foreign Ministry’s citizen services department (Borgerservice) changed its travel recommendations to 28 Muslim countries, warning Danes to use extreme caution. 

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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.