Icelandic police have arrested four men in a large-scale operation linked to the preparations for a ‘terrorist attack’. Police said they seized semi-automatic weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition at nine locations. The operation may lead to more arrests, police said.
While the possible motives behind the plot are unknown, police believe the targets are ‘various institutions of society’ and ‘citizens’, including members of parliament and the police themselves. Police also said they are investigating whether there are links between the men and extremist organizations, and whether they had any contact with foreign authorities.
The small Scandinavian island nation with 375,000 inhabitants tops the Global Peace Index, meaning it is considered the ‘most peaceful country in the world’. Violence is rare, as evidenced by one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Authorities have been concerned about an increase in violent crime in recent years.