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Dane held in Lebanon for fighting alongside Isis

A teenager who was born and raised in Denmark is being held by Lebanese authorities on the suspicion that he is an active member of Isis.

Dane held in Lebanon for fighting alongside Isis
Lebanese authorities say that the man is an active member of Isis in both Lebanon and Syria. Photo: Bulent Kilic/Scanpix
A 19-year-old Danish man was arrested in Lebanon for fighting alongside the terror organisation Isis, Berlingske has revealed. 
 
The arrest occurred in June but was unknown until the newspaper reported it on Wednesday. According to Berlingske, despite sitting in the Roumieh prison outside of Beirut for four months, the Dane has not yet been served with formal charges.
 
Lebanese authorities, however, contend that the man is an active member of Isis in both Lebanon and Syria. 
 
The Foreign Ministry confirmed the arrest but did not give many further details. 
 
“We can confirm that a Danish citizen has been detained in Lebanon since June. We are providing regular consular assistance as is normal in these situations, with contact to the family and visits to the prison,” Ole Egberg Mikkelsen of the Foreign Ministry's citizen services department (Borgerservice) told Berlingske. 
 
According to the newspaper’s sources, the 19-year-old was born in Denmark to a Lebanese family. He reportedly has family members in Denmark and Sweden, including two individuals from Sweden who died while fighting for the Salafist group Jund al-Islam (Soldiers of Islam). 
 
The Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) declined to comment on the arrest. 

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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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