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Police in Iceland say they have foiled a terrorist plot for the first time

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The four men were arrested on Wednesday and it was the first time authorities in Iceland have foiled a terrorist conspiracy.

23 September (News) — Icelandic authorities say they have arrested four people in connection with a terrorist attack aimed at using high-powered weapons to wreak havoc in the country’s capital.

The suspects were rounded up as the Icelandic National Police conducted nine separate raids across Reykjavik, seizing a large number of semi-automatic firearms and ammunition, as well as a trove of computers, cellphones and other digital assets.

Some of the illegal weapons were made using 3D printers, said Police Commissioner Karl Steinar Valsson, adding that there was no ongoing threat to the public.

The suspects were not immediately named publicly, but all are said to be of Icelandic descent and in their 30s. They were taken into custody in the suburbs of Kopavogur and Mosfellsbaer, where a trawl of about 50 officers approached and surrounded them.

Two of the suspects were in jail on Friday and two were released on bail.

Officials said the men had been under police surveillance for some time as part of an investigation into the arms trade. Their motive for the terrorist conspiracy was not immediately clear.

Valsson said the attack could have targeted members of Iceland’s parliament and police officers. Police said they are also looking into possible links to organized terror groups.

“As far as we know, this is the first time such an investigation has been opened,” Valsson said, according to Euronews.

Iceland is often considered a peaceful country, largely because of its strict gun laws.

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