Four men suspected of planning terrorist attacks arrested in Iceland

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Icelandic police have arrested four men on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks on public buildings, including the country’s parliament, national broadcaster RUV reports.

Police are investigating possible links to Nordic far-right groups, and the police were the main target, local media reported.

Four Icelanders, all in their 20s, were arrested in the Kopavogur suburb of the capital Reykjavik and in the southwestern town of Mosfellsbær in an operation involving special forces.

Two men were remanded in custody, while the other two were released after questioning.

Several semi-automatic weapons, including 3D-printed guns, were seized at nine locations during the operation, which involved 50 police officers, The Guardian reports.

The operation was the first of its kind in Iceland.

RUV reports that the men planned to target several public buildings, including Iceland’s parliament.

Karl Steinar Valsson, the national commissioner of the Icelandic police, told a press conference: “We can say that our society is safer than it was.”

“We’re just getting started and we’re seizing a large amount of phones, computers and other things like that. All of this work is in the very early stages.

“While managing the situation, we took certain measures. We do not want to reveal the exact response of the police, of course.

“At its peak there were about 50 officers involved in the police operation. With them we think we’ve covered what we’re investigating and we don’t think the trip poses any danger.”

He added: “As far as we know, this is the first time (in Iceland) that such an investigation has been launched.

“The origin of yesterday’s police operation … was as part of an investigation into the preparation of a terrorist attack.”

Mr Valsson added that the investigation was continuing but further arrests could not be ruled out.

Iceland, a small country of 375,000 people, has topped the Global Peace Index since it was included in the ranking in 2008 and is considered one of the most peaceful places in the world.

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