The three suspects in the new Danish terrorism case all prayed at the same mosque - the Equality and Brotherhood Association mosque (Ligheds- og Broderskabsforeningen) at Grimhøjvej in Gellerup in Århus.
The big brother of suspect SC (36) confirmed that both SC and another suspect KS habitually went to the mosque's Friday prayers. Nyhedsavisen has learned that the third suspect, a 40 year old Danish Moroccan often visited the mosque.
According to Hans Jørgen Bonnichsen, former chief of the Danish Security Service PET says that the mosque has been a meeting place for terror suspects. The Danish Guantanamo prisoner Slimane Hadj prayed there, and bank robber Mehari, who was sentenced for a bank robbery which presumably financed terrorism, used to go there. He thinks terror plans are often connected with mosques since it's a natural meeting place for some Muslims.
The mosque had been in the spotlight for radical attitudes, expressed by former imam Raed Hlayhel.
Rabih Azad-Ahmad, chaiman of the Multicultural Association in Århus, says he's had problems with the mosque administration in the past but that after the Muhammed crisis it was cleaned up and had gotten a new administration and a new imam.
According to Danish newspaper Stiftstidende the plans to kill cartoonist Kurt Westergaard were hatched up in a fitness center in Århus. The cartoonist exercised in the center 3-5 times a week, and met the three men there. This information was not confirmed by the police. Westergaard himself says that he never threatened in the center, where many Muslims also exercise.
Sources: Stiftstidende, Nyhedsavisen (Danish)