Danish teen terror suspect inspired by synagogue attacker

17-year-old charged with planning to bomb Jewish school inspired by terrorist who attacked Copenhagen synagogue in 2015.

Ben Ariel ,

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A 17-year-old Danish girl charged with planning to bomb two schools in Denmark, including a Jewish school, was reportedly inspired by the terrorist who killed a security guard at a Copenhagen synagogue in 2015, JTA reported Thursday, citing Danish media.

A Danish prosecutor alleged last month that the teen looked up to the 2015 synagogue gunman, Omar El-Hussein, the BT newspaper said.

El-Hussein opened fire on the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen, killing Israeli security guard Dan Uzan. El-Hussein was also responsible for a shooting attack on a Copenhagen café.

The teenage girl, who was not named, reportedly adopted El-Hussein’s last name on several occasions, telling the court she did so because she thought he was “tough”.

Following a trip to Turkey, the teen became interested in Islam and converted to the religion upon returning to Denmark, according to the prosecutor. She allegedly attempted to get in contact with the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group on the internet.

Police arrested the girl, who was 15 at the time, in January of last year for allegedly planning bombing attacks on the Jewish school in Copenhagen and another school in Denmark. She had acquired chemicals to create the explosives, according to Danish prosecutors.

Her trial began at the end of April.