• Denmark's news in English
 
app_header_v3
Danish teen planned to bomb schools: police
The case has been dubbed 'the Kundby case' by the Danish press in reference to the small village where the girl was arrested. Photo: Niels Ahlmann Olesen/Scanpix

Danish teen planned to bomb schools: police

The Local · 8 Mar 2016, 11:05

Published: 08 Mar 2016 11:05 GMT+01:00

Little had been known about the teen’s case since her arrest in the village of Kundby on the island of Zealand, as court appearances had been held behind so-called 'double-locked doors', meaning all information is withheld from the media and the public. 
 
 
The girl has been described as a recent convert to Islam and one of her neighbours told the tabloid BT that her Facebook page indicated that she wanted to convert other Danes to the religion. TV2 also reported that the girl's profile page indicated that she was a member of Facebook group for ethnic Danish members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamic group that openly supports the establishment of a caliphate and that has been at the centre of numerous controversies in Denmark.
 
A 24-year-old man who has previously fought alongside extremists in Syria was also arrested and detained in January in connection to the case. The alleged jihadist was described as “a friend” of the teenage girl. 
 
 
On Tuesday, prosecutors publicly released details on the case, saying that both the girl, who was only 15 at the time of her arrest, and the 24-year-old man plotted to bomb the Jewish private school Carolineskolen in Copenhagen and the Sydskolen public school in the western Zealand town of Fårevejle.
 
Mid and West Zealand Police and the Danish Security Intelligence Service (PET) released a joint statement saying that the targeted schools had been contacted. 
 
“Due to security concerns, PET cannot say what security measures the case has given rise to, but PET can say that it has not given the schools recommendations to make any changes in or around the schools in question,” the statement read. 
 
Story continues below…
The case will remain behind closed doors as police and PET said that it cannot be ruled out that other people may have been involved in the bombing plots. 
 
According to prosecutor Peter Ahleson, the two defendants attempted to make the explosive TATP (also known as acetone peroxide), which was used in the November Paris attacks, for their planned bombing of Carolineskolen. For their planned attack on Sydskolen, the pair reportedly attempted to create explosives out fertilizer, petrol, diesel and other chemicals. 
 
Both the 16-year-old girl and the 24-year-old man maintain their innocence.  

For more news from Denmark, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Today's headlines
Denmark’s asylum numbers at five-year low
Refugees and immigrants at a 'welcome party' earlier this month. Photo: Uffe Weng/Scanpix

Fewer than 300 people sought asylum in August, according to new figures released by the Immigration Ministry.

Police cameras in Pusher Street promptly torn down
Two police video cameras were installed in Christiania on Friday and more will come, police said. Photo: Martin Sylvest/Scanpix

UPDATED: Copenhagen Police on Friday installed surveillance cameras in the infamous stretch of Christiania, but they lasted only a few hours.

Denmark leads effort to stop money flow to Isis
File photo of children next to a burnt vehicle during clashes between Iraqi security forces and Isis in Mosul, Iraq . Photo: Stringer/Reuters/Scanpix

A former head of the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) has been tapped to dry up the terror group's finances.

Meet Denmark's new anti-immigration party
Nye Borgerlige's Pernille Vermund and Peter Seier Christensen held a press conference on Thursday after qualifying for the next election. Photo: Olafur Steinar Gestsson/Scanpix 2016)

A new political party that promises a stricter immigration policy than the Danish People’s Party combined with a libertarian economic outlook will be on the ballot the next time Denmark holds an election.

A.P. Moller Maersk to split into transport and energy divisions
Photo: Michal Kooren/Scanpix

The Danish oil and shipping conglomerate will split into separate businesses for transport and energy as it faces headwinds in both sectors.

Iraqi may face expulsion from Denmark over Facebook post
The man was sentenced Wednesday at Copenhagen City Court. Photo: Colourbox

The man will be kicked out of the country if he commits any additional crimes.

Danish museum forced to pay Elvis Presley heirs
Elvis and Priscilla Presley with newborn daughter Lisa Marie in February 1968. Photo: Public Domain

A Randers museum will have to fork over 500,000 kroner ($75,000, €67,000) to the estate of American icon Elvis Presley.

Falsely-accused Dane accepts settlement from New York
Malthe Thomsen, shown at a previous court appearance in New York. Photo: BRENDAN MCDERMID/Scanpix

The Danish man who was cleared of sexual abuse charges reached a compensation agreement on Tuesday that was far below the $7 million he had sought from the State of New York.

Denmark eyes looming skills shortage as economy picks up
Denmark is seeing fewer and fewer people interested in, and qualified for, manufacturing and transport jobs. Photo: Iris

After a lacklustre recovery from the 2008 financial crisis, Denmark's central bank has warned that the labour market faces a squeeze as unemployment falls, the population ages and young people shun vocational jobs.

Can Danish technology save us from airport security hell?
The Danish company has developed a system that would allow hand luggage to be scanned in one go. Photo: Exruptive

A Danish company thinks it can essentially eliminate airport security queues with its scannable ‘intelligent trolley’.

Sponsored Article
Why you should learn to trade (and just how easy it is)
Danish F-16s part of attack that allegedly hit Syrian forces
International
Danish F-16s part of attack that allegedly hit Syrian forces
Sponsored Article
Gran Canaria: 'So much more than beaches'
Travel
Copenhagen declared world's most livable city - again!
Record number of Danes leave the church
Society
Record number of Danes leave the church
Sponsored Article
6 reasons expats use TransferWise to send money
3,000-year-old stinky cheese found in Denmark
National
3,000-year-old stinky cheese found in Denmark
Sponsored Article
Why you should learn to trade (and just how easy it is)
Why Denmark could be the next 'right to die' battleground
Society
Why Denmark could be the next 'right to die' battleground
Christiania residents shut down Pusher Street
National
Christiania residents shut down Pusher Street
Denmark is locking every door to immigrants
Analysis & Opinion
Denmark is locking every door to immigrants
Denmark wants it to be even harder to get residency
National
Denmark wants it to be even harder to get residency
Denmark's asylum numbers hit new low
National
Denmark's asylum numbers hit new low
Denmark 'worst place in the world' for making friends
Society
Expats: Denmark 'worst place in the world' for making friends
Sponsored Article
Gran Canaria: 'So much more than beaches'
Top Danish tax official fired after scandals cost billions
Business & Money
Top Danish tax official fired after scandals cost billions
Sponsored Article
6 reasons expats use TransferWise to send money
Per capita, Denmark is Europe’s Olympic champ
Sport
Denmark is Europe’s Olympic (per capita) champion
Female jogger left 'near death' in Copenhagen attack
National
Female jogger left 'near death' in Copenhagen attack
Sponsored Article
Why you should learn to trade (and just how easy it is)
EU breathes down Denmark’s neck over bad air quality
National
EU breathes down Denmark’s neck over bad air quality
Foreigners fill more than half of all new jobs in Denmark
Business & Money
Foreigners fill more than half of all new jobs in Denmark
Why you should learn Danish (and how it will benefit you)
Society
Why you should learn Danish (and how it will benefit you)
Robbed in Rio: Danish Olympic team hit by thieves
Sport
Robbed in Rio: Danish Olympic team hit by thieves
Danish jets have bombed Syria for the first time
Danish jets have bombed Syria for the first time
Danish Muslim graveyard offers to bury French terrorist
National
Danish Muslim graveyard offers to bury French terrorist
Danish Pokémon Go player finds dead body
Technology
Danish Pokémon Go player finds dead body
Danish MP: Ban Muslim immigration to Denmark
National
Danish MP: Ban Muslim immigration to Denmark
Denmark can't keep up with trove of ancient discoveries
Denmark can't keep up with trove of ancient discoveries
Our complete coverage from the 2016 Roskilde Festival
Culture
Our complete coverage from the 2016 Roskilde Festival
2,246
jobs available