Radical Muslims may have been just hours away from launching a bloody, "Mumbai-style" terrorist attack on a famous Danish newspaper on Wednesday when authorities in Denmark and Sweden foiled their plot.
At a joint news conference, top Danish and Swedish security officials talked about their police thwarting an alleged terrorist attack by Tunisian, Lebanese and Iraqi Muslim extremists.
The Swedish and Danish officials said four of the men were arrested Wednesday in Copenhagen and one in Stockholm, Sweden. They stated police also seized ammunition, a silencer and submachine gun.
However, one suspect was released Thursday due to lack of evidence while the three other suspects were ordered to remain in custody for four weeks by a Danish court.
Jakob Scharf, head of the Danish Security and Intelligence Service, said the men were apparently going to attack the newsroom of the paper that published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed back in 2005, inciting days of demonstrations in the Muslim world and at least four other failed attacks on the paper or cartoonist.
Scharf said the suspects that were arrested are militant Islamists with ties to international terror networks. The alleged plan was to gain access to the newsroom and kill as many of the people there as possible.
Officials believe the suspects may have been just hours away from attacking the newsroom.