OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian security police are seeking charges against three men suspected of planning Scandinavian bomb attacks in an alleged plot with possible al Qaeda connections, state broadcaster NRK reported Friday.
After their arrest last July the three told different stories — one admitting a plot to blow up China’s embassy in Norway, one saying his target was a Danish newspaper that printed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, and one professing his
The Norwegian Police Security Service had no immediate comment when contacted by Reuters Friday, and NRK did not say what charges the service proposed in a recommendation to Norway’s prosecuting authority.
The presumed leader of the trio, Mikael Davud, an ethnic Uighur from China with Norwegian citizenship, “had plans for a bomb that was supposed to be exploded at the Chinese embassy,” his attorney, Carl Rieber-Mohn, told NRK last September.
Suspect Shawan Sadek Saeed Bujak, an Iraqi Kurd with Norwegian residency, confessed to planning a bomb attack against Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that published the Mohammad cartoons in 2005, the police have said.
The third suspect, David Jakobsen, an Uzbek with Norwegian residency, has denied any illegal activity and was released from custody in October after the Norwegian Supreme Court rejected a security service appeal to keep him jailed.
On announcing their arrest last year, security service chief Janne Kristiansen said: “We believe this group has had links to people abroad who can be linked to al Qaeda, and to people who are involved in investigations in other countries, among others the United States and Britain.”
In a separate case, a Danish court Friday extended the detention of four men charged with plotting an act of terrorism against the paper that published the cartoons of the Prophet. The drawings, including one showing him with a bomb in his turban, caused widespread outrage among Muslims.
Reporting by Oslo newsroom, Editing by Mark Trevelyan