Seven arrested in Ireland in investigation into a conspiracy to murder cartoonist Lars Viks

The BBC pick up on an RTÉ report that “Gardaí have arrested five people in Waterford and two others in Cork in connection with an investigation into a conspiracy to murder a Swedish cartoonist”, Lars Vilks. According to the BBC report all seven arrested are Muslims, while RTÉ adds – “Those in custody are originally from Morocco and Yemen, but it is understood they all have refugee status and are legally in the country.” From the RTÉ report

A garda spokesman said the operation was part of an investigation into a conspiracy to murder an individual in another jurisdiction. Members of the Garda National Support Services and the Special Detective Unit were also involved in this morning’s operation. Gardaí say they are working closely with police forces in a number of other European countries and in the US. The seven people arrested this morning range in age from their mid-20s to their late-40s.

Update from today’s Irish Times

Detectives in Ireland have been working on the case since late last year with their counterparts in the US and Europe, including Sweden. Those arrested yesterday are from Algeria, Croatia, Palestine, Libya and the US. They are aged in their mid-20s to late-40s. The Irish Times understands the suspects were taken into custody on the basis of information supplied to the Garda by the FBI that came to light after surveillance of the suspects’ communications, including e-mails.

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  • John K Lund / Lllamedos / Suchard

    This is ironic on the very day of the P&J debate this illustrates the porous border problems which we face with the likelyhood that any terrorists can slip into the UK unannounced. Considering Sein Fein’s close relationship with a large number of international terrorists; it does not augur well for our defence against the insurrectionists with a potential future Sein Fein Minister of Justice.

  • Nordie Northsider

    Can we sure it’s not another Slovakian security operation?

  • TellMeMa

    I heard these people slipped into Ireland from the UK which had given them refugee status.

  • George

    “I heard these people slipped into Ireland from the UK which had given them refugee status.”

    As most of the Republic’s asylum seekers entry the country via Northern Ireland, it’s most likely.

  • mexican

    this country as we onse knew it is long gone.the goverment let in every gangster crimnal terrorist and social welfare cheats in to our country.now the assylum seekers wil turn against us onse we give them legal status.i can not believe what ireland has become..they are all here for our generous welfare handouts free housing free medical free housing .we are the laugh of the world no wonder these guys set up base here.our passport was onse respected now every tom the diddle carries an irish passport

  • Brian MacAodh

    Stop Muslim immigration throughout Europe. It is cultural suicide

  • Pigeon Toes

    Not another conspiracy theory…

  • Pete Baker

    Update from today’s Irish Times

    Detectives in Ireland have been working on the case since late last year with their counterparts in the US and Europe, including Sweden. Those arrested yesterday are from Algeria, Croatia, Palestine, Libya and the US. They are aged in their mid-20s to late-40s. The Irish Times understands the suspects were taken into custody on the basis of information supplied to the Garda by the FBI that came to light after surveillance of the suspects’ communications, including e-mails.

  • Seosamh913

    Do we know if they’re just simply mercenaries or are they ‘genuine article’ death cult caliphate-ists ?