Sweden releases suspects connected with Danish Tax Agency blast

Two Swedish citizens arrested on Wednesday in connection with an explosion at Denmark’s Tax Agency have now been released from police custody.

Sweden releases suspects connected 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

Their release was first reported by newspaper Sydsvenskan, which received confirmation from court prosecutor Kristina Lindhoff Carleson.

“There was no longer cause to hold them. I will not be commenting further,” Carleson said.

The two men, aged 22 and 27, were arrested on Wednesday in connection with the explosion at Denmark’s Skattestyrelsen (Tax Agency) in Copenhagen’s Nordhavn area on August 6th.

It is unknown whether they remain suspects in the case.

A 22-year-old who was also arrested in Sweden is to be handed over to Denmark, a judge in Malmö ruled on Friday last week. An international arrest warrant has been issued for a further suspect, a 23-year-old man.

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.

The Tax Agency blast was followed less than a week later by an explosion at a local police station at Hermodsgade in the Nørrebro neighbourhood, where a bomb exploded close to the entrance in the early hours of August 10th. No injuries occurred.

Copenhagen Police have said that the two incidents are not connected.

The culprit or culprits behind the second blast remain at large.

READ ALSO: Danish police 'very confident' of catching Tax Agency bombers

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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