Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Al-Qaeda checked several Copenhagen targets

WHEN he was arrested, David Healey was in possession of film footage of Copenhagen?s main railway station, Copenhagen Town Hall Square and the Royal Lifeguards Barracks

Interrogations of David Healey, who was arrested in Chicago in 2009 and charged with plans to attack Jyllands-Posten, have uncovered that Healey’s group had also looked at several other plans for attacks in Denmark, according to a confidential report that Jyllands-Posten has received.

Since his arrest, Healey has admitted having been involved in the Nov. 26, 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai in India in which 166 people died.

According to the report, Healey has told investigators that during discussions with a terrorist mastermind Ilyas Kasmiri in Pakistan in May 2009, the two discussed attacks against general targets in Copenhagen.

“During the meeting with Ilyas Kashmiri, I was asked to concentrate my efforts on an attack against Denmark as soon as possible,” Headley told his interrogators.

When arrested, Healey was in possession of film footage of Copenhagen’s main railway station, Copenhagen Town Hall Square and the Royal Lifeguards Barracks in the centre of the city.

According to the report, Healey attempted to recruit people for his plans in the United Kingdom, but also in Sweden. The person he approached in Sweden, however, refused to take part. It is not clear from the report whether UK-based individuals acceded. Nor is it clear what happened to the plans.

“Jyllands-Posten has major symbolic value, but it is not certain that it would make much difference if an attack took place somewhere else in Copenhagen. That is the thinking behind it,” says Danish Institute for International Studies Senior Researcher Lars Elslev.

Politiken.dk

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