Turkish embassy in Copenhagen hit by Molotov cocktail attack

The Turkish embassy in Hellerup in greater Copenhagen was attacked with Molotov cocktail petrol bombs in the early hours of Monday.

Turkish embassy in Copenhagen hit by Molotov cocktail attack
Photo: Mathias Øgendal/Ritzau Scanpix

At least two people were seen fleeing from the scene following the attack, Ritzau reports.

“We have received a report that Molotov cocktails were thrown at the embassy. Minor damage to the building was caused,” Copenhagen Police duty officer Henrik Moll told the news agency.

A large police presence was at the embassy on Monday morning in an attempt to find clues as to the identity of the perpetrators, Moll added.

“We had a patrol at the scene, and the officers [in the patrol] more or less saw it happen,” he said.

“They saw at least two people flee from the scene,” he added. Police have no descriptions of the suspects at the time of writing.

The incident was reported to police at 2:54am on Monday.

A patrol in the area did not attempt to chase the suspects after diverting its attention to putting out the fire at the embassy building.

Moll confirmed that the embassy is empty at night. There were no witnesses to the attack other than the police patrol.

The direction in which the suspects fled is also unknown but is suspected to be towards the nearby Svanemøllen station on the S-train commuter network.

Train services between Østerup and Hellerup stations were temporarily suspended due to police investigations, Ritzau reports.

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Danish politicians demand freeze on weapons exports to Turkey

Denmark should follow the example of Nordic neighbours Norway and Sweden and halt weapons exports to Turkey, two left-wing parties in parliament have demanded.

Danish politicians demand freeze on weapons exports to Turkey
Pia Olsen Dyhr in parliament. Photo: Niels Christian Vilmann/Ritzau Scanpix

The Red Green Alliance (Enhedslisten) and Socialist People’s Party (SF), part of a three-party group which props up the Social Democratic government, made the calls after Norway and Sweden both announced they would move to suspend all new arms exports to Turkey.

The decisions from Oslo and Stockholm came country after Turkey launched a military offensive against Kurdish forces in northern Syria.

“We must absolutely follow Norway and Sweden’s examples and ensure we immediately stop all weapon sales to Turkey from Denmark, and recommend to the EU next week a full European freeze on weapons exports,” Red Green Alliance foreign spokesperson Eva Flyvholm said.

SF’s leader Pia Olsen Dyhr echoed those sentiments.

“Denmark should, like other Nordic countries, stop all export of military equipment. We cannot justify selling weapons to a country which uses them against an ally in the fight against international terrorism,” Dyhr said in an email to Ritzau.

“We can’t stop Erdogan’s aggressive behaviour alone. So we need other European countries to join us,” she added.

The third government ally, the Social Liberals, have taken a more cautious position, with foreign policy spokesperson Martin Lidegaard advocating options for a joint EU response be drafted.

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