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Denmark unveils anti-terror plan

AFP , Thursday 19 Feb 2015
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Denmark on Thursday unveiled a 130-million-euro ($150-million) plan to combat terror at home and abroad, after two people were shot dead in attacks in Copenhagen.

The plan, mooted before the weekend shootings, will enable the intelligence services to better monitor Danes travelling abroad to fight with the Islamist State group, while also targeting the radicalisation of prisoners in jails.

"We want to strengthen our ability to gather and analyse (information) about terror planning abroad," Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt told a briefing.

"We want to ensure that the intelligence service is able to monitor Danes who travel abroad to take part in extremist activities."

Nearly half the amount earmarked for the four-year plan will be spent by military intelligence, focusing mainly on activities abroad.

A total of 110 Danes have travelled to Syria to fight in the civil war, making the country the second largest European source of jihadist fighters in the Middle East after Belgium.

Many are believed to have returned home afterwards.

The country has been left in shock after the shootings in Copenhagen which targeted a meeting on free speech and Islam and the capital's main synagogue.

The attacks have prompted parallels with the attacks in Paris last month, in which 17 people died.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online.

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