COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Denmark said on Tuesday it suspected an Iranian intelligence service had tried to carry out an attack on an Iranian Arab opposition figure on its soil, and a Norwegian citizen of Iranian background has been arrested.
The attack had been meant to target the leader of the Danish branch of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA), Danish security service chief Finn Borch Andersen told a news conference.
“We are dealing with an Iranian intelligence agency planning an attack on Danish soil. Obviously, we can’t and won’t accept that,” Andersen said.
Iran’s foreign ministry was not immediately available for comment on Tuesday, a public holiday in the Islamic Republic.
Andersen said Danish police had arrested a Norwegian citizen of Iranian heritage on Oct. 21 and he had denied wrongdoing in a court appearance. Norway’s Police Security Service said it was cooperating with Danish police on the case, which it also described as a planned attack in Denmark.
The Ahvazi Arabs are a minority in mainly ethnic Persian Iran, and some see themselves as under Persian occupation and want independence or autonomy.