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Swedish suspect linked to convicted terrorists

The 29 year old Swedish man arrested in Denmark on Wednesday on suspicion of plotting a terrorist act against the Jyllands-Posten newspaper has close links to two men convicted in Sweden of terror-related crimes, according to media reports

Swedish suspect linked to convicted terrorists

According to the Aftonbladet newspaper, Munir Awad had shared a flat Stockholm with two men who were convicted in December in Gothenburg. The district court sentenced the two men, Elias Billé Mohamed, 26, and Mohamoud Jama, 23, to four years in prison after finding that they were preapred to commit suicide bombings in the name al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based Islamic militia with ties to al-Qaeda.

Meanwhile, a 26 year old Iraqi asylum seeker who was also arrested in Denmark but has since released has claimed his innocence.

“I am completely clean” he told the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet.

The 26 year old maintains that he thought his apartment would be lent to a Swedish man and his wife, but when he went to meet them outside Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, there were three men there instead.

Four men were arrested on Thursday in a joint Swedish-Danish investigation for hatching what Danish officials called a plan to “kill as many people as possible” in an imminent assault on the Copenhagen offices of the Jyllands-Posten daily.

In 2005, Jyllands-Posten published a dozen cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that triggered violent and sometimes deadly protests around the world.

On Wednesday Jakob Scharf, the head of Danish intelligence agency PET, told reporters “the plan was to try to gain access to the location of Jyllands-Posten in Copenhagen and to try to carry out a Mumbai-style attack.”

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Who will take Scandinavian bragging rights in the ‘Battle of the Öresund Bridge’?

FC Copenhagen fans have arrived in their hundreds in the Swedish city of Malmö, which is 30 minutes by train from Copenhagen. The two cities go head-to-head tonight in the UEFA Europa League.

Who will take Scandinavian bragging rights in the 'Battle of the Öresund Bridge'?
FC Copenhagen fans in Malmö. Photo: Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark's league champions FC Copenhagen (FCK in local parlance) are up against Malmö FF in the competition’s group stage, in an unusual meeting between the two geographically-close clubs.

FCK go into the match as arguable favourites, given their position as the richest club in Scandinavia and record as six-time Danish champions within the last ten years.

But the Swedish side will also fancy their chances, having won their own league, the Allsvenskan, five times in the last decade.

Danish midfielder Anders Christiansen, who crossed the Öresund to play for Malmö in 2016, said that his side were in prime position to challenge FCK for the claim of being Scandinavia’s best team.

“There has been a lot of talk about who is the biggest club in Scandinavia. If we say it’s FCK, I’d also say Malmö is right behind. And you also can’t leave out (Norwegian team) Rosenborg,” Christiansen told TV2 Sport.

Although the two cities are only around 45 kilometres apart and a train journey between them takes no more than half an hour, the Malmö-FCK match is a very rare occurrence, since each team competes in its national league.

In general, the chance for a bit of cross-Öresund (or should that be Øresund?) rivalry doesn’t come up particularly often.

In May, Malmö's Turning Torso tower retained its status as the tallest building in the Öresund region, after Copenhagen's city government rejected plans for a 280 metre tower.

That aside, bragging rights are completely up for grabs in the sporting meeting between the cities.

Thursday’s match kicks off at 9pm in the Skåne city, with the return to be played at Copenhagen’s Parken on December 12th.

READ ALSO: Tale of two cities: Copenhagen and Malmö plan international metro

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