U.S. man charged in Danish newspaper plot

CHICAGO, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- A Chicagoan was charged with planning an attack against a Danish newspaper that published a provocative cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed, U.S. officials said.

David Coleman Headley allegedly attended Lashkar-e-Toiba-operated terrorism training camps in Pakistan and helped Lashker-e-Toiba members and others plan and execute the attacks in Denmark as well as the violent attack in Mumbai, in about 170 people died, federal law enforcement officials announced Monday in Chicago.


Headley is cooperating in the investigation of both the Danish and Indian terror plots, officials said. Monday's charges mirror charged filed against Headley in October, officials said. He was charged with helping to plan a terrorist attack against a Danish newspaper and two of its employees after the newspaper published cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed, which many Muslims found offensive.

Headley, 49, was charged in a 12-count indictment with six counts of conspiracy to bomb public places in India, to murder and maim persons in India and Denmark, to provide material support to foreign terrorist plots and to provide material support to Lashkar, and six counts of aiding and abetting the murder of U.S. citizens in India.


The Denmark-related charges allege Headley conspired with Ilyas Kashmiri and others to plan and carry out terrorist attacks against the facilities of the Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten, its editor and cartoonist for publishing the cartoon in 2005.

Headley allegedly traveled from Chicago to Copenhagen, Denmark, on a reconnaissance mission, met with co-conspirators to discuss his surveillance and plan the attacks, the indictment said.

Headley was arrested Oct. 3 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, intending to travel to Pakistan to deliver the approximately 13 surveillance videos to co-conspirators.

Latest Headlines