Dane shot and wounded in Saudi capital: police

A Danish citizen was shot and wounded in the Saudi capital on Saturday, police said, but there was no immediate word on the motive for the rare attack.

Dane shot and wounded in Saudi capital: police
The shooting took place near the Dane's place of work in Riyadh. Photo: Edward Musiak/Flickr
The shooting occurred at 2pm (12pm in Denmark) when the Danish man was driving away from his work at a company in Riyadh's Kharj Road area, police said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.
"He was shot in the shoulder" by someone who has not been identified, the report said.
"Investigations are ongoing," and the victim is in stable condition at hospital, it said.
In October, a Saudi-American former employee of a US defence contractor shot dead one American colleague and wounded another in Riyadh. The suspect had recently been fired from his job, officials said.
That was the first deadly attack on Westerners in Saudi Arabia since several were killed in a wave of Al-Qaeda violence between 2003 and 2006.
Since September, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Bahrain have participated in a US-led campaign of air strikes against the Isis extremist group in Syria, raising concerns about possible retaliation in the kingdom.
Denmark is among the countries — with Australia, Belgium, Britain, Canada, France and the Netherlands — participating in a similar campaign against Isis in Iraq.
In a notice to American citizens, the United States embassy said it had "received a report of a shooting of a Danish citizen in Riyadh today".
It said the incident happened near Ikea, a Swedish furniture company, and American embassy personnel had been instructed to avoid the area until further notice.

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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.