COPENHAGEN — A man charged with attempting to kill a Danish cartoonist over his Muslim prophet Mohammed caricatures was also involved in an alleged plot against US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a Danish newspaper reported Sunday.
But one Danish diplomat played down the report.
The online edition of Politiken newspaper said that the 28-year-old man charged with having tried to kill cartoonist Kurt Westergaard late Friday had also been involved in a plot against Clinton in Kenya.
Clinton visited Kenya last August.
Their report said Kenyan police had arrested the suspect in 2009 and had held him for seven weeks. The Kenyan press had linked his arrest with a plot against Clinton, the paper added.
"This connection has been confirmed to Politiken by intelligences source," the article added.
The newspaper noted that a statement Saturday from the Danish intelligence service, PET, had said of the suspect: "He is also suspected of having been involved in terror related activities during his stay in East Africa."
The suspect, who allegedly broke into Westergaard's home with an axe in a bid to kill him because of a caricature he had drawn of the prophet Mohammed which sparked deadly protests in the Muslim world, has not been named by the Danish authorities.
Approached by Politiken, Bo Jensen, the Danish ambassador to Kenya, would neither confirm or deny that the suspect charged in Denmark was the same person the previous year in Kenya.
But Jensen told the Danish news agency Ritzau the man arrested in Kenya had been picked up because his papers were not in order.
Kenyan officials had not confirmed he was involved in any plot against Clinton, he added. "It's just a story in a newspaper."
Danish intelligence, approached by AFP, refused to comment on the story.
© AFP 2013