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Danish Police Nab Two Men Suspected of Planning Attacks

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Danish police have indicted two men suspected of planning terrorist activities against Jewish and Israeli targets in Copenhagen.

Mohammed Fahim and Abdul Hakim Suliman, both Egyptian nationals, were charged last month with buying chemicals and other items with the intention to carry out bomb attacks, Danish officials said.

The Israeli Embassy, Jewish cemeteries and train stations were listed as targets on maps found in the men’s possession at the time of their arrests, the officials said.

They were also reportedly carrying U.S. telephone numbers that have been linked to the Egyptian fundamentalist group Jama Al Islamia.

“These are dangerous times for Jewish communities, unfortunately, and we must remain vigilant,” said Elan Steinberg, executive director of the World Jewish Congress.

However, the Jewish community in Copenhagen denies that any Jewish cemeteries were being targeted, Steinberg said.

The Danish news agency reported that the telephone numbers and group ties point to a connection with the conspirators of the World Trade Center bombing in New York.

The FBI is currently working with Danish security officials because the suspects’ fingerprints match some of those found on equipment used in the World Trade Center bombing, said Jorgen Grunet, the spokesman at the Danish Embassy in Washington.

The two suspects, who were in Denmark legally at the time of their arrest, had previously been arrested there on charges of arson, but the case was dropped for lack of evidence, according to officials.

Danish officials said the case would probably not go before a judge until early next year because of a heavy backlog, according to Danish news reports.

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