Swedish police arrest two in connection with Danish tax agency blast

Two men have been arrested in connection with police investigation into an explosion at Denmark’s Skattestyrelsen (Tax Agency) earlier this month.

Swedish police arrest two in connection with Danish tax agency blast
The Danish Tax Agency on August 7th, after an explosion at its entrance the previous day. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

Police in Swedish city Malmö confirmed the arrests on Thursday afternoon.

The men, aged 22 and 27, are both suspected of grossly endangering the public.

“Two people were arrested yesterday. They are suspected of involvement in the explosion at the Tax Agency,” Malmö police spokesperson Nils Norling said.

“We cannot make further comment,” Norling said.

It is unclear whether the men deny or accept the accusations.

Swedish police have until Saturday to decide whether to bring the men before a judge, who will determine whether they should be detained in Sweden or extradited to Denmark.

The arrests were also confirmed by Copenhagen Police.

“A further two people were arrested in Sweden yesterday in connection with the explosion at the Tax Agency on August 6th. We have no further information at this time,” Copenhagen Police tweeted.

The arrests bring the total number of suspects in the case to four. Of those, three are now in custody while one remains wanted by police. An international arrest warrant has been issued for the fourth suspect, a 23-year-old man.

Swedish newspaper Kvällsposten has reported that police have seized items from the 23-year-old’s home, based on comments provided by the man’s lawyer.

The first person to be arrested, a 22-year-old, will be handed over to Denmark by Sweden, a judge in Malmö ruled on Friday last week. Whether that decision will be appealed remains unclear.

The explosion at the Tax Agency occurred at the authority’s offices in the Nordhavn area of Copenhagen around 10pm on August 6th. Explosives were placed 60 centimetres from the entrance to the building.

A large blast damaged the façade of the building. One person sustained minor injuries.

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Copenhagen hand grenade explosion linked to gang conflict

The latest explosion in Copenhagen, a hand grenade detonation in the early hours of Monday, is linked to a conflict between organized crime groups, police have said.

Copenhagen hand grenade explosion linked to gang conflict
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An explosion at a shisha bar in Amager near Copenhagen is connected to gang conflict, Copenhagen police said on Monday morning.

The explosion is thought to have been caused by a hand grenade, police stated in a press message released just before 8am.

“This is unfortunately the latest in a series of explosions which we have seen in Copenhagen this year. We are taking it very seriously,” police inspector Torben Svarrer said in the statement.

The explosion occurred at the shisha (hookah) bar on Amager’s main shopping street, Amagerbrogade, at around 2:46am on Monday. Police and ammunitions disposal were subsequently present at the scene.

A total of 13 explosions have occurred in and around Copenhagen since February, with several related to gang crime, according to police.

“There is fortunately no sign that anyone was hurt by this small explosion,” Svarrer said in regard to the latest incident.

The building itself suffered broken windows, but damage was otherwise minor.

Police called for anyone who may have witnesses anything suspicious before or after the shisha café explosion to get in contact.

“We know from witnesses that a car drove quickly away from the scene shortly after the explosion, but we are interested in speaking with anyone who may have seen something in the area between 2am and 3am,” Svarrer said.

The government last week announced a major beefing up of security, including public surveillance and border checks, linked to the recent spate of organized crime-linked violence.

READ ALSO: Denmark to introduce checks at all border points with Sweden