Norwegian, Danish schools receive simultaneous bomb threats

Several schools in Norway and one school in Denmark received bomb threats at around the same time on Wednesday morning.

Norwegian, Danish schools receive simultaneous bomb threats
A bomb disposal expert outside Egtved school near Vejle, Denmark. Photo: Claus Fisker/Scanpix

The first of the Norwegian schools to receive the warnings warning was Gjerpen Primary School in the county of Telemark in southern Norway, reports national broadcaster NRK. 400 students were evacuated after the head teacher took a telephone call at 9:15am advising of a bomb on the premises.

At 9:24 a similar call was received by Charlottenlund Primary School in Trondheim, and then at 9:26 by Nordnes School in Bergen and slightly later Kvarstein Primary School in Agder. With the exception of the Trondheim school, evacuations were carried out in each case.

Meanwhile, Egtved school near the town of Vejle in southeastern Denmark also received a call warning of a bomb at just before 9am.

It is not currently clear whether the calls were related. The threat in Denmark was, however, made by a man speaking in English, reports Danish broadcaster TV2.

“The threat was made by an English-speaking man and it was probably recorded and played down the ‘phone. That is our impression at least, since the message just continued when our secretary tried to ask about the threat,” Egtved School head teacher Villy Raahauge told TV2 Syd.

Similarly to the Norwegian schools, Egtved school was evacuated, in this case by following a standard procedure for such situations. Bomb disposal units and police bomb detector dogs then combed the school grounds.

Southeast Jutland Police later confirmed to TV2 that the incident was a false alarm and that they would be investigating the incident.

“A number of schools in Norway have been subject to similar [bomb] threats in the same space of time, and there may be a connection and the same person sending the threats. This will be investigated,” Gisle Småge, operation leader in Norway’s southeastern police district, told NRK.

Småge declined to elaborate on the content of the threats themselves.

“I can not go into detail on that. We need time to investigate the case,” he said.


Denmark suspects two Swedes over explosion at tax authority

Two Swedish citizens are suspected in connection with last week’s explosion at the Danish Tax Agency. One of the two is in police custody.

Denmark suspects two Swedes over explosion at tax authority
Copenhagen Police superintendent Jørgen Bergen Skov addresses the press. Photo: Philip Davali / Ritzau Scanpix

Copenhagen Police superintendent Jørgen Bergen Skov confirmed the arrests to press on Wednesday morning.

“Both individuals are suspected of carrying out the detonation at the Tax Agency,” Skov said.

One man, aged 22, was arrested in Swedish city Malmö on Tuesday and will be extradited to Denmark. Once he reaches Copenhagen he will appear for preliminary court proceedings, which the prosecution will request take place behind closed doors.

Swedish newspaper Kvällsposten reports the 22-year-old has no previous criminal convictions in the country.

The second man, a 23-year-old, is yet to be detained but an international arrest warrant for him has been issued, Skov said.

“During the night, we also searched several addresses in Sweden. We hereby confiscated what we believe to be a car used by the suspects,” he said.

“We have one suspect on the loose, which means we must be careful about what we say, out of consideration for the investigation,” he added.

The superintendent did not add any detail about how police were able to connect the two individuals to the August 6th explosion.

Skov also stressed that police do not believe the tax authority blast to be connected to a similar incident at a police station in Copenhagen’s Nørrebro neighbourhood in the early hours of Saturday.

“There is nothing to suggest (a connection),” he said.