Danish girl charged with planning to bomb Jewish school

Danish prosecutors say a 16-year-old girl who was arrested in January was planning bomb attacks against a Jewish school in Copenhagen and another school 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.

He is accused of, among other things, having provided the girl with bomb making manuals. Local reports suggest he is a former Islamic State fighter in Syria,

Reports also suggest the girl had recently converted to Islam. Both have pleaded not guilty. They have not been named by the authorities or media, according to Danish practice.

It is alleged the suspects obtained chemicals and tried to produce explosives with the intent to commit terror attacks against the two schools.

map_2The targeted schools are said to have been, the Carolineskolen Jewish day school in Copenhagen, and the Sydskolen public school in the western Zealand town of Farevejle. Both were told of the plot by Mid and West Zealand Police and the Danish Security Intelligence Service.

The Intelligence Service said the arrests had not changed their assessment of the security threat, classified as “serious” since February 2015 when a gunman killed two people in shooting attacks on a debating event and a Copenhagen synagogue before being shot dead himself by police.

The court extended their pre-trial detention until March 30.





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