Icelandic police arrest four men in suspected terror plot

Police in Iceland arrested four men suspected of planning terrorist attacks against state institutions and civilians and hoarding a number of weapons.

A large police operation involving 50 officers led to the arrest of four men in their 20s at nine different locations in Kópavogur, a suburb of Reykjavík, and in the southwestern town of Mosfellsbær over an alleged terror plot.

Chief Police Inspector Karl Steinar Valsson suggested at a press conference on Sept. 22 that the suspects may have targeted the parliament or the police themselves.

Police also seized dozens of semi-automatic weapons, including 3D-printed ones, and “thousands” of rounds of ammunition.

Police remanded two of the arrested men in custody while two others were released after questioning.

The investigation was the first of its kind in Iceland, according to Valsson.

“It’s safe to say that our society is safer than it was before,” Valsson said.

Valsson added that police are looking into the possibility that the men may have links to extremist organizations abroad.

“We are activating all our international networks, simply because we are facing events and plans that are beyond the scope that we have dealt with before, so of course, we look to others when we need to,” Valsson said.


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