Danish blast suspect in touch with German extremists: report

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A suspect arrested after an explosion at a Copenhagen hotel had contact with Islamic extremists in Germany, a Danish tabloid reported Monday.

The suspect, born in Chechnya but living in Belgium, is thought to have been targetting the Danish newspaper that published controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

The Ekstra Bladet tabloid reported that according to unnamed German police officials Lors Dukayev repeatedly visited a radical mosque in the Groepelingen area of Bremen, in northeastern Germany.

"We can confirm he went to Bremen at least once in 2009," the official told the paper's online edition.

According to the official, Dukayev would have been in touch with Rene Marc Sepac, a convert who preaches at the mosque.

Ekstra Bladet said Sepac, along with his 23-year-old sister Vivian, was among eight people charged in Germany in September on suspicion of spreading Al-Qaeda propaganda on the Internet.

The German prosecutor's office said the suspects belong to the German chapter of the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) and attempted to lure recruits to Al-Qaeda with online propaganda between August 2006 and March 2008.

Dukayev was arrested shortly after a small blast in a central Copenhagen hotel on September 10.

Police believe he was preparing a letter bomb for the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, which published 12 caricatures of Islam's prophet in 2005, triggering Muslim anger and violent protests the following year.

Dukayev was slightly injured in the explosion, and was remanded in custody until at least November 1.

© 2010 AFP

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