Agency: Terror threat against Denmark considerable

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Denmark's intelligence service says there is still a considerable threat from Islamic extremists against Danes and Danish interests abroad.

The Danish Security and Intelligence Service says it has seen signs of threats from militants, especially in North Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The service says the reprinting in February of a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad has lead to "a sharpened focus" on Denmark. The original publication triggered violent protests in Muslim countries.

In Thursday's statement, the service said al-Qaida was using the reprint for propaganda.

In June, a car bomb killed six people outside the Danish Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. Two months earlier the security service had warned of a terror threat there.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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