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Photo: Lögreglan á höfuðborgarsvæðinu. The press conference on the investigation, September 22, 2022.

Police Staff Party Was Possible Target of Would-Be Terrorists

Four Icelandic men, arrested for plotting an act of terrorism against state institutions, may have been targeting a police staff party that was planned for October 1. This according to the sources of mbl.is. While police are investigating whether the men are connected to alt-right groups, the representatives of Neo-Nazi group Norðurvígi have denied that they have any connection to the four men.

The four men, who were arrested on Wednesday, September 21, were all in their twenties. In a press conference yesterday, Chief Police Inspector Karl Steinar Valsson stated that this was the first investigation of its kind in Iceland. Police also stated it was safe to assume either parliament or the police themselves may have been targets for the planned terrorist act.

Neo-Nazi group Norðurvígi (the Icelandic branch of the Nordic Resistance Movement) sent a statement to media following coverage of the arrests that denied their members were involved in planning terrorist acts. “We at the Nordic Resistance Movement want to immediately issue a statement following the discussion in the media that we are NOT connected to any extremist groups and do NOT have people in our ranks who intend to commit acts of terrorism,” the statement reads, in part.

Police have reiterated that the public is not at risk.

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