The accused ringleader of a terror plot in Norway has rejected charges that he conspired with al-Qaida to attack a Danish newspaper, saying he was planning a solo raid against the Chinese Embassy in Oslo.

Mikael Davud, a Chinese Muslim, told the Oslo district court Thursday that his two alleged accomplices helped him acquire bomb-making ingredients but didn't know he was planning an attack.

The trio was arrested in July 2010 in a plot that investigators have linked to the same al-Qaida planners behind thwarted attacks against the New York subway and a British shopping mall in 2009.

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