(Copenhagen Post) The Security Intelligence Service (PET) has confirmed that it received a formal request to investigate a presumed al-Qaeda terror cell in Denmark The Security Intelligence Service (PET) confirmed Thursday evening that an investigation had been launched at the request of Lebanon into a presumed al-Qaeda sleeper cell in Denmark.
The al-Qaeda cell is reported to have close ties to Lebanon, where a leading al-Qaeda figure, Ismail Mohammad al-Khatib, was arrested three weeks ago. According to the Lebanese Interior Ministry, al-Khatib died of a heart attack while in police custody. But before he expired, he reportedly confirmed that he had worked closely with al-Qaeda cells in Europe, namely in Italy, Germany and Denmark.
The Danish terror cell is said to have been involved in financing terrorist attacks abroad.
According to Foreign Ministry sources, Denmark received a request from Lebanese authorities to investigate several individuals in Denmark. The request was submitted to the Foreign Ministry via the Danish Embassy in Damascus, and forwarded to PET on 23 September.