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Danes say minor hotel blast could be terror attack

 Copenhagen Police operations chief Joern Aabye tells media that he could not rule out that an act of terrorism had been planned in Friday�s explosion...
 Police guard a cordon in central Copenhagen, Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, after it was suspected that the man  tried to detonate a small bomb in Hotel Joe...
 A man from Luxembourg lays bound on the ground after he was arrested in a park in Copenhagen, Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, it is suspected that the man  t...

Denmark Blast

Copenhagen Police operations chief Joern Aabye tells media that he could not rule out that an act of terrorism had been planned in Friday�s explosion...

Denmark Explosion

Police guard a cordon in central Copenhagen, Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, after it was suspected that the man tried to detonate a small bomb in Hotel Joe...

Denmark Explosion

A man from Luxembourg lays bound on the ground after he was arrested in a park in Copenhagen, Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, it is suspected that the man t...

Danish intelligence officials on Saturday said a small explosion at a Copenhagen hotel could be terror-related.
Officers arrested a man in a park in central Copenhagen after he was seen running away from the hotel after Friday's blast. They used a remote-controlled robot to detach a pack from his waist, fearing it could contain explosives. There were no injuries in the incident except for slight ones the man sustained.
The blast caused minor damage to a hotel bathroom where the explosion occurred.
"There are circumstances that point in the direction of a failed terror attack," intelligence service chief Jakob Scharf said in a statement. He said it was not yet clear whether the explosion was terror-related or linked with another type of serious crime.
Scharf also said his agency "cannot exclude that there could be other suspects at large."
Police also heightened the Scandinavian country's terror alert amid the investigation, but police operations chief Joern Aabye said that Danes should not be afraid of an imminent attack.
The "slightly raised" terror alert means authorities will be more on their guard throughout the country, Aabye said. Police at Copenhagen airport said their officers had become more visible at security checkpoints after the incident.
The identity of the suspect has not yet been fully established, but Aabye described him as being in his 40s. He said the suspect has refused to cooperate with the police.
A gun was also found in the hotel, but it was not clear whether it belonged to the man.
Police were trying to establish what kind of explosives caused the blast. Aabye said no other explosives were found at the hotel, but investigators continued their search of the building.
The man would likely be charged with unlawful possession of firearms and explosives, the police chief said.


Updated : 2021-03-07 22:55 GMT+08:00