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On 09/05/2006 the Danish police arrested, in the town of Odense, 9 terror suspects for suspicions that they intended to carry out terror attack in Denmark, as a response to the participation of a Danish battalion in the USA led coalition in Iraq.

In 12/2005 a former municipal employee code name Lars, 33, who had converted to Islam and used the code name Youssouf,  wrote to the intelligence agency an email in stating that he had met radical Muslims at the Odense Mosque. That led to a surveillance operation conducted by the Danish security services.  

During the surveillance operation, prior to the arrest of the Odense cell, the Danish security service taped the suspects discussing targets to attack in Denmark. In the summer of 2006 the later convicted cell members traveled to Copenhagen to point out possible targets for an attack: Denmark’s parliament and the newspaper Jyllands-Posten’s Copenhagen office.

In the search followed the arrest the Danish police found chemicals that are commonly used to produce home made explosives and a very small amount of the homemade Triacetone Triperoxide, a home made highly unstable but effective explosive commonly used by the Palestinians in their terror campaign against Israel. The Danish police also found bomb-manuals downloaded from the internet.

Eventually only 4 suspects were put on trial on charges related to Islamic terror activity.

On 11/23/2007 the Danish court sentenced Mohammed Zaher, 34, a Danish citizen from Palestinian origin and KHALIDHAIAhmad Khaldhahi (pic-L), 22, an Iraqi citizen from Kurdish origin for 11 years in Jail.

In 2005 Ahmad Khaldhahi wrote a letter of praise to Al Qaeda’s leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al Zarqawi, saying that he wanted to go to Iraq and join the Jihad. Shortly thereafter he, in fact, traveled to Iraq, but in his own words, he went to make a documentary. Ahmad Khaldhahi spent only one week in Iraq, his country of birth. In 11/2005 Ahmad Khaldhahi wrote to Osama bin Laden on an Al Qaeda affiliated website that he was willing to volunteer to take revenge for the publication of the Muhammad cartoons in Jyllands-Posten. It is, most likely, his appearance on the web that drew the attention of the Danish security services and matched Lars’s information.

Mohammed Zaher and Ahmad Khaldhahi have admitted that they tried to make a bomb, but they insisted that it wasn’t to commit a terrorist attack, just to celebrate a child’s birthday with fireworks.

Abdallah Andersen, 32, a Danish citizen who converted to Islam, was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment.

The fourth suspect, Riad Anwar Daabas, 19, was acquitted from all charges. .

Summary ; 

The Odense cell was a local initiative not connected to any network or Jihady organization.

* Related topic –

08/2008 -EVOLUTION OF JIHADI TERROR
06/2008 -PAKISTAN FOILED ATTACK ON DANISH EMBASSY
08/2007 -LIFE THREAT ON LARS VILKS
08/2007 -THE SWEDISH MUHAMMAD CARTOON   

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