Four Icelanders in their 20s were arrested in a police operation in Kopavogur, a suburb of the capital Reykjavik, and the southwestern town of Mosfellsbaer on Wednesday, police said at a press conference. Detention was also ordered for two of them today.
Police seized several semi-automatic weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition at nine different locations. Although the possible motives are unknown, the targets of the attack are said to be various social institutions and citizens, possibly also the parliament and the police itself.
The police also announced that they are checking where there are links between the men and extremist organizations and that they are in contact with foreign authorities. “As far as we know, this is the first time that this kind of investigation has been launched in Iceland,” said the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police Karl Steiner Valsson.
The country with 375,000 inhabitants is at the top of the world peace index and is considered the most peaceful country in the world. Violence is rare, as evidenced by one of the lowest crime rates in the world.