Danish woman injured in Germany in latest motorway rock throwing incident

Rocks were thrown at traffic from motorway bridges near the border between Denmark and Germany in two separate incidents on Tuesday.

Danish woman injured in Germany in latest motorway rock throwing incident
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A motorist was hit by one of the rocks at around 10pm on Tuesday, police in the German city of Flensburg confirmed to TV Syd.

The bridge in that incident is just south of the frontier between the two countries at Padborg, according to the report.

Police, fire services and medical response personnel all attended the scene, where a granite rock smashed through a car windscreen, injuring a 58-year-old woman.

The woman, who is Danish, reportedly lives in Flensburg but works in Denmark.

She was seriously injured and was admitted to hospital in the German town, according to TV Syd.

Her car was hit on the German A7 road near Ellund, just south of the E45 motorway near Padborg. A granite rock measuring approximately 25×25 centimetres was subsequently found in the central reservation as the police clear-up operation caused a 300-metre traffic tailback on the southbound carriageway on the Danish side of the border.

No arrests have yet been made.

Around half an hour prior to the incident, a rock was thrown from another bridge in the area near Brarup, around ten kilometres further south in the German province of Schleswig-Holstein. No injuries occurred in that incident, German police confirmed to TV Syd.

Similar incidents involving the throwing of rocks from bridges onto motorway traffic have occurred repeatedly near Odense, Denmark’s third-largest city.

A concrete block was thrown from a bridge in 2016, killing a German woman who was travelling in a car on the E20 motorway near the city.

In September 2017, a rock weighing 40 kilograms was thrown from a second bridge, around 200 metres from the site of the first crime. Nobody was injured.

In December, police in Odense described as ‘serial criminals’ the person or persons behind the acts.

READ ALSO: Police in Denmark hunt for 'serial criminal' behind rocks dropped on to motorway traffic


Denmark jails IS ‘wife’ for three years

A 35-year-old Danish woman was sentenced on Friday to three years in prison for entering Syria and promoting the Islamic State (IS) group's activities, prosecutors in Denmark said.

Denmark jails IS 'wife' for three years

During the mother of five’s trial, the prosecutor had argued that wives were a key part of IS.

“Even if you did not actively participate in the fighting, we assert that you can support the terrorist organisation by shopping in its supermarkets, by taking care of the children, by being a housewife,” prosecutor Trine Schjodt
Fogh said.

The woman, who pleaded guilty, was convicted of “having promoted the activities of IS, in particular by acting as the housewife and wife of a person who was active in the terrorist organisation,” the prosecution authority said in a statement.

She was also found guilty of having “entered and resided in al-Raqqa district in Raqqa province and Deir al-Zour province in Syria, which were defined as conflict zones during the period”.

The  woman, who is originally from the west of Denmark, arrived in Syria eight years ago, a journey she “bitterly” regrets, her lawyer Mette Gith Stage told news agency Ritzau.

“The last few years have been difficult for her, first in the caliphate, then in a prison camp and now in prison. She misses her children terribly and is eager for the case to end so that she and her children can move on,” the
lawyer said.

In October 2021, Denmark removed three women and 14 children from the Kurdish-controlled Roj camp in north-eastern Syria in a joint operation with Germany.

The three women were arrested on arrival in Denmark and have since been in detention and the trial that just ended marks the first of three.