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Date: Dec 21, 2018

The Courts Service has expressed serious concern at how a man was able to enter a family court in Dublin today claiming to have a gun and an explosive device.

The incident occurred just after 11am on Thursday during a family law court hearing in the Phoenix House complex in Smithfield, Dublin.

As a case being heard by Judge Susan Ryan in the Circuit Family Court got under way, he took what he claimed was a gun out of a bag and said he had a bomb under his coat.

Gardaí believe the gun was an imitation, or possibly an airsoft gun, and that the device, which was hanging around his neck and was concealed under his coat, was a hoax.

Read more: Irish Times

Denmark’s state prosecutor said on Friday a 31-year-old man had been charged with planning a terrorist attack with knives and explosives in Copenhagen in November 2016.

Copenhagen Police arrested the man a year ago, saying he was a Syrian who had sought asylum in Sweden.

A court found then there was reasonable suspicion the man had planned to commit a “terrorist attack” at an unknown place in Copenhagen in November 2016, together with a man who was convicted in Germany in July 2017 of planning an attack in Copenhagen.

Read more: Reuters

Cherif, also known by the pseudonym Abou Hamza, is being held while awaiting transfer to France, said the source.

He was linked to a Paris jihadist cell and was named in the enquiry into the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 over his regular contact with the perpetrators Said and Cherif Kouachi.

The Kouachi brothers were shot dead by French police days after the murderous attack. Peter Cherif was first arrested in Iraq in 2004 when he was fighting in the Al Qaeda ranks. Condemned to 15 years in a Baghdad prison, he managed to escaped in 2007 and headed for Syria. He was later extradited to France and incarcerated for 18 months before fleeing to Yemen.

In 2015 Cherif was placed on a US list of “designated global terrorist” as a member of Al-Qaeda’s Yemen affiliate AQAP.

Source: France24