Isis supporters: We shot Dane in Saudi Arabia

A group that supports the terrorist group Isis in Saudi Arabia has claimed credit for the November shooting of a Danish man in the Saudi capital.

Isis supporters: We shot Dane in Saudi Arabia
The pro-Isis media group al-Battar Media Foundation released a video that they claim shows the shooting of a Danish man in Riyadh. Photo: Dalli Abbas/Scanpix
A pro-Islamic State group has released a video claiming responsibility for the shooting of a Danish citizen in Saudi Arabia, the Site Intelligence Group reported. 
The video from media group al-Battar Media Foundation claims to show the shooting of the Danish Arla employee in Riyadh's Kharj Road area.
According to Site, the video says the shooting was an operation by the “Supporters of the Islamic State in the Land of the Two Holy Mosques”, a term used by jihadists to refer to Saudi Arabia.
Reuters reported that the video has not yet been independently verified, but Arla media spokesman Theis Brøgger confirmed to TV2 that the video is related to the November 22nd shooting episode. He added that Arla could not verify the video’s authenticity. 
“The video is apparently about the November 22nd episode, in which an employee was hit by a hot, so I can confirm that it is referring to that episode. I cannot evaluate or make conclusions on further details until investigators have seen it [the video, ed.],” Brøgger told TV2. 
Brøgger reported last week that the shooting victim underwent a successful operation and is now recovering
Naser Khader, a Middle East expert and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, told TV2 that he has seen the video and that includes “very, very brutal” language. 
“Cleanse the holy sites. Use the sword. It is your holy obligation. Foreigners and foreign troops out! They shouldn’t have any peace. Go after them,” the video says, according to Khader’s translation.
“Go after the infidels. Go after the Americans and the French and their allies. Cleanse the land of those who carry a cross. Go after them by all means. Shoot them. Crush them. Set fire to their houses and their cars. Poison their food. Spit on them,” the video continues, according to Khader. 
The Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) has warned Danish companies and consultants in countries including Saudi Arabia that Denmark’s participation in the American-led attacks on the Islamic State, also known as Isis, could make them targets for reprisal. 
The Local has requested access to the video via the Site Intelligence Group but they did not immediately respond. 

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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.