Danish security forces were successful in thwarting a plot by a would-be Muslim terrorists to bomb Jewish schools.
Danish are charging a 16-year-old girl who was arrested in January with planning bomb attacks against a Jewish school in Copenhagen and another school elsewhere in Denmark.
Prosecutors presented the preliminary charges against her and a 24-year-old man suspected of being her accomplice in a court hearing Tuesday in Holbaek, northwest of the Danish capital.
Prosecutor Kristian Kirk told The Associated Press after the hearing that the suspects obtained chemicals and tried to produce explosives with the intent to commit terror attacks against the two schools.
They reportedly were in possession of the explosive TATP (also known as acetone peroxide), which was used in the November Paris attacks that killed 132 and wounded hundreds.
He said police thwarted their plans by arresting them. He declined to give other details.
The suspects, who were not identified, deny the charges. The court extended their pre-trial detention until March 30.
Denmark’s The Local reported that the would-be-terrorist 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 Islam.
Denmark’s TV2 also reported that the teen’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 in Europe and that has been at the center of numerous controversies in Denmark.
Her accomplice reportedly has previously fought alongside Muslim terrorists in Syria.
The Danish Security Intelligence Service (PET) released a statement saying that the targeted Jewish 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.
By: AP and United with Israel Staff