Swede jailed for plotting terror crimes in Cyprus

A Swedish man has been sentenced to prison for his suspected involvement in planning terror crimes against Israeli visitors in Cyprus.

The 24-year-old man, who is half Lebanese, was convicted on several charges.

“This means that he will be in prison but it doesn’t yet determine for exactly how long, this will be decided on March 28th. But he has been deemed guilty on several counts,” an Sveriges Television (SVT) reporter on the scene said.

The 24-year-old was arrested in early July last year on the suspicion of planning terrorist attacks on Israeli tourists, actions he carried out in secret for the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah.

The man is believed to have made maps during a visit to the Mediterranean island in November 2011, taking into account popular modes of transport frequented by Israeli tourists.

British police tipped off the local officers who made the arrest.

The sentenced Swede told officials that he was paid for his work. It is believed the plan was to recreate a similar attack to July’s bus bombing in Bulgaria which killed seven people.

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Swede among ‘terror’ suspects arrested in the Netherlands

Dutch police have arrested four men including a Swedish citizen suspected of being involved in terror-related activities, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Swede among 'terror' suspects arrested in the Netherlands
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“Rotterdam police detained four men early on Sunday evening on suspicion of being involved in terrorism,” the public prosecution's office said in a statement.

One of the men, aged 29, arrived on a flight from Stockholm earlier on Sunday while the other three aged 21, 23 and 30 come from the cities of Vlaardingen, Delft and Gouda in southwest Netherlands.

Dutch police raided three homes in the three cities and seized data but found no weapons or explosives, the statement said.

Although “there is no concrete information to indicate a terror attack, police and the public prosecution's office are not taking any chances,” prosecutors said without giving further information.

The suspects remain in custody pending a court appearance.

A Dutch citizen was sentenced to four years in November for preparing a terror attack following his arrest in Rotterdam last year, when police discovered an assault rifle and a large amount of fireworks.

In another scare, Dutch military police shot and wounded a man armed with a knife at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport earlier this month, but authorities said the incident was not terror-related.

The Netherlands has so far been spared from the slew of terror attacks to have rocked its closest European neighbours in recent years.