Four arrested as Iceland rocked by ‘first terror attack plot’

Four suspects have been arrested over alleged plans for a terrorist attack in Iceland, say police.

Several semi-automatic weapons — some 3D printed — were seized from nine different locations, along with a large quantity of ammunition.

Violence is extremely rare in the tiny European country, which has topped the Global Peace Index since being included in its rankings in 2008.

Police said four Icelanders in their 20s were arrested in Kopavogur, a suburb of the capital Reykjavik, and the southwestern town of Mosfellsbaer in a massive operation involving around 50 men on Wednesday. Two of them were remanded in custody on Thursday.

“The origin of yesterday’s police operations (…) is part of an investigation into the preparation of a terrorist attack,” Karl Steinar Valsson, Iceland’s national police commissioner, told reporters.

While the motives are still unknown, the targets would be “various institutions” and “citizens of the state”, according to Valsson, possibly including parliament and the police themselves.

Police said they were investigating whether there were links between the men and extremist organisations and were in contact with foreign authorities.

“As far as we know, this is the first time that such an investigation has been launched (in Iceland),” Valsson said.

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