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Sweden hands over suspect in Danish Tax Agency bombing

A 22-year-old Swedish citizen who had resisted extradition has now been handed over to Denmark after his appeal against a court ruling failed.

Sweden hands over suspect in Danish Tax Agency bombing
The Danish Tax Agency on August 7th, after an explosion at its entrance the previous day. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

The man, a suspect in an explosion at the Danish Tax Agency (Skattestyrelsen) earlier this month, was scheduled to appear before a judge in Copenhagen on Wednesday.

One person suffered mild injuries in the August 6th blast, while the façade of the building received major damage.

Police in Denmark believe that the 22-year-old, together with a second man, drove across the Øresund Bridge in a white Citroën Berlingo on the evening of the incident with the intention of setting off the explosion.

He appealed against extradition, but a judge at the district court in Malmö dismissed that appeal.

A 23-year-old Swede who is also suspected in the case remains at large and an international arrest warrant has been issued.

The Tax Agency blast was followed less than a week later by an explosion at a local police station 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.

Justice Minister Nick Hækkerup has said he is considering firming up punishments for attacks on public authorities.

READ ALSO: Sweden releases suspects connected with Danish Tax Agency blast

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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
Photo: Presse-Fotos.dk/Ritzau Scanpix

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

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