Police in Iceland say they have thwarted terrorist plot for 1st time

Sept. 23 (UPI) — Authorities in Iceland say they’ve arrested 4 folks in reference to a terror plot that meant to make use of high-powered weapons to unleash havoc within the nation’s capital.

The 4 males had been arrested on Wednesday and so they marked the primary time authorities have ever thwarted a terrorist plot in Iceland.

The suspects had been rounded up as Iceland’s Nationwide Police performed 9 separate raids all through Reykjavik, seizing numerous semi-automatic firearms and ammunition and a trove of computer systems, cellphones and different digital belongings.

A number of the unlawful weapons had been manufactured with 3D printers, mentioned police commissioner Karl Steinar Valsson, who added that there was no persevering with menace to the general public.

The suspects weren’t instantly named publicly, however all had been mentioned to be of Icelandic descent and of their 30s. They had been taken into custody within the suburban cities of Kopavogur and Mosfellsbaer, the place a dragnet of about 50 officers closed in and surrounded them.

Two of the suspects had been in jail Friday and two had been launched on bail.

Officers mentioned the lads had been underneath police surveillance for a while as a part of a gun trafficking investigation. Their motive for the terrorist plot wasn’t instantly clear.

Valsson mentioned the assault may have focused members of Iceland Parliament and legislation enforcement officers. Police mentioned they had been additionally checking into any potential connections to organized terror teams.

“So far as we all know, that is the primary time that such an investigation has been launched,” Valsson mentioned in line with Euronews.

Iceland is commonly seen as a peaceable nation, largely as a consequence of its strict gun legal guidelines.

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