Dane recovering from shooting in Saudi capital

The Arla employee who was shot and wounded in Saudi Arabia on Saturday has undergone a successful surgery and is now recovering.

Dane recovering from shooting in Saudi capital
The shooting took place in Riyadh's Kharj Road area. Photo: Dear Edward/Flickr
Dairy company Arla said that the Danish man who was shot and injured in the Saudi capital over the weekend underwent a successful operation on Monday. 
“Good news: The Arla employee who was shot and injured in Riyadh on Saturday was operated on today [Monday, ed.]. The operation went well and he is now recovering,” Arla spokesman Theis Brøgger wrote on Twitter. 
“It is still to early to say anything about the motive for the shooting but we are in close contact with the authorities on that,” he also wrote. 
Arla has said that there is no reason to believe that the shooting was directly related to the company but has opted to increase security measures. 
The Dane was driving away from work at Arla subsidiary Danya Foods in Riyadh's Kharj Road area when he was shot in the shoulder from "an unknown source", Saudi Press Agency said.
The rare incident comes after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Bahrain in September joined 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.
Attacks on Westerners have been rare in the oil-rich kingdom in recent years, after several were killed in a wave of al-Qaeda violence between 2003 and 2006.
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.

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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.