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3 arrested in Denmark over suspected terror plot

By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN
updated 8:15 AM EDT, Fri April 27, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Searches are under way at properties in the Copenhagen area, intelligence service says
  • The suspects are charged with illegal possession of automatic weapons and ammunition
  • They are expected to appear before a judge Saturday
  • Copenhagen police and the intelligence service are investigating

(CNN) -- Three people were arrested in Copenhagen Friday on suspicion of planning a terror attack, Denmark's Security and Intelligence Service said.

The three are a 22-year-old Jordanian citizen, a 23-year-old Turkish citizen who lives in Denmark, and a 21-year-old Danish citizen who lives in Egypt, a statement from the intelligence service said.

They have been charged with illegal possession of automatic weapons and ammunition, the statement said.

Steen Hansen, in the communications department of Copenhagen police, confirmed that a number of arrests had been made.

The investigation will be led by Copenhagen police in collaboration with the intelligence service, he said.

The three suspects are expected to appear before a judge in the Danish capital Saturday, he said.

The arrests were made at two addresses in connection with an terror investigation, the intelligence service said, and searches are taking place at a number of properties in the Copenhagen area.

CNN's Kim Norgaard contributed to this report.

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