This from Jyllands-Posten: (Link in English.)
Early Tuesday morning, Danish police arrested several people with a Muslim background suspected of conspiring to kill Kurt Westergaard, a Danish cartoonist with Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten.
Kurt Westergaard is one of the 12 cartoonists who on 30 September 2005 published cartoons of Muslim prophet Mohammed.
The group arrested includes Danish as well as foreign citizens. The Danish Security and Intelligence Service have followed the group for months.
The cartoons and an explanatory article led, as is well known, to the so-called Mohammed crisis involving violent demonstrations, the boycott of Danish goods and the burning of Danish embassies.
Kurt Westergaard’s cartoon depicting the prophet wearing a bomb turban with a lit fuse attracted particular attention. What the cartoonist wanted to say with his cartoon was that many people exploit the prophet to legitimize terror. However, the cartoon was widely seen as a depiction of the prophet as a terrorist.
Note that there's no mention of religion in the article. Must be those dammed Methodists again.
The police explicitly calls the plot "attempted terror related homicide!" What's wrong with these insensitive officials? Don't they know the wording is "Anti Islamic Activity"?
Anyway, there will be a press conference later today, and I'll update this as I know more.
UPDATE: Apparently only 3 persons where arrested though initial reports said 5. Original post corrected.
One is a 40-year old Moroccan with Danish citizenship who will be released after interrogation, the other two are Tunisian nationals. They are being held until they can be expelled administratively as they are seen as a threat to national security. (You don't say...)
Security police said they didn't want to take any chances and moved preventive at an early stage after the group had been under surveillance for several months.
The target, Kurt Westergaard, 73, and his wife have had round-the-clock protection and have been forced to move around the last 3 months as the terrorists allegedly were plotting to assassinate him in his own home.
UPDATE 2: See also WaPo, CNN, BBC, Guardian, and Times for more. (With thanks to Western Resistance for the links.)