Danish girl charged with planning terrorist attack on Jewish school

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(JNS.org) A 16-year-old Danish girl was charged with possessing explosives with the intention of bombing a Jewish private school in Copenhagen and another Danish public school, police said on Tuesday.

The girl, who was arrested in January, was a recent convert to Islam. Denmark’s TV2 network reported that her Facebook page revealed she had joined a Facebook group for Danish members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamic organization that seeks to establish a caliphate.

A 24-year-old man described as the teenage girl’s “friend” was arrested in January and has been charged as her accomplice. The man, who was formerly a fighter with extremists in Syria, allegedly provided the girl with bomb-making manuals. The suspects, who pleaded not guilty, had obtained chemicals and tried to make explosives for the planned terror attack on the schools.

“Due to security concerns, PET (Denmark’s Politiets Efterretningstjeneste security service) 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,” read a joint statement released by local police and the Danish Security and Intelligence Service.

Posted on March 8, 2016 .