Two detentions coincide with arrests in Germany, the place three folks allegedly linked to Hamas have been detained.
Denmark is holding two folks in custody and concentrating on 4 extra in an investigation which will have ties to others throughout Europe which are linked to Hamas.
The 2 suspects detained have been ordered to stay in pretrial detention till January 9, prosecutor Anders Larsson mentioned on Friday. The arrests coincide with detentions in Germany allegedly linked to Hamas and within the Netherlands.
The Danish Safety and Intelligence Service introduced on Thursday the arrests of three folks on suspicion of plotting to hold out “an act of terror”. Larsson revealed that one was launched after a nightlong custody listening to at a Copenhagen courtroom.
The prosecutor didn’t say whether or not the launched individual was nonetheless thought of a suspect. The whereabouts of the opposite 4 suspects is unknown.
‘Hamas infrastructure on European soil’
Larsson additionally didn’t specify whether or not there’s a Hamas hyperlink within the Danish arrests. Nevertheless, there have been sturdy recommendations that they might be related.
After the arrests on Thursday, Israel’s Mossad spy company mentioned Denmark had uncovered “Hamas infrastructure on European soil”, in accordance with a press release from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s workplace.
“It’s, after all, in relation to Israel and Gaza, fully unacceptable for somebody to deliver a battle elsewhere on the planet into Danish society,” Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen advised the Ritzau information company the identical day.
Danish police mentioned they might improve their public presence within the coming days, specifically in Copenhagen and round Jewish localities.
Prosecutors have mentioned it’s unclear whether or not the arrest of Dutch nationwide Nazih R within the Netherlands is linked to the Hamas investigation in Germany, the place Lebanon-born Abdelhamid al-A and Ibrahim el-R and Egyptian nationwide Mohamed B have been detained.
German prosecutors alleged that the three detainees had been tasked with discovering a beforehand established underground Hamas weapons cache in Europe. They added: “The weapons had been as a result of be taken to Berlin and saved in a state of readiness in view of potential terrorist assaults in opposition to Jewish establishments in Europe.”
“Following the horrible assaults by Hamas on the Israeli inhabitants, assaults on Jews in Jewish establishments have additionally elevated in our nation in current weeks,” German Justice Minister Marco Buschmann mentioned in a press release.
“We should, due to this fact, do all the pieces we are able to to make sure that Jews in our nation should not have to worry for his or her security once more,” he added.
This month, the European Union’s dwelling affairs commissioner, Ylva Johansson, additionally warned that Europe confronted a “large danger of terrorist assaults” over the Christmas vacation interval in the course of the Israel-Hamas conflict.
Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri advised the Reuters information company: “We deny there are members of Hamas detained in Denmark, Germany or another European nation.”
“Publishing these allegations goals to affect the mass rallies which are supportive of Palestine in Europe.”