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.

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Police call for witnesses after latest Copenhagen explosion

A Thai restaurant on the island of Amager near Copenhagen was damaged in an explosion early on Tuesday, the latest in a series of minor blasts to occur in the Danish capital.

Police call for witnesses after latest Copenhagen explosion
Photo: Martin Sylvest/Ritzau Scanpix

Copenhagen Police were present at the scene during the early hours of Tuesday and throughout the morning, and also set up a temporary information stand for concerned residents.

“An explosion occurred and our investigations have a broad focus,” lead inspector Mads Helios told Ritzau, confirming the explosion was reported to police around 3:30am.

Police have thus far no firm suspicions as to potential suspects or motives behind the blast. The cause of the detonation – explosives or otherwise – is also yet to be confirmed.

Nobody was injured in the explosion, which destroyed the façade of Øens Wok, a Thai restaurant located on Røde Mellemvej, a road in the northern section of Amager around five kilometres from central Copenhagen.

Copenhagen has in recent weeks been hit by a number of similar explosions in which buildings have been damaged.

Tax Agency (Skattestyrelsen) offices in the northern part of the city were targeted in a bombing in August, while a local police station in Nørrebro was also damaged in an explosion. No serious injuries were recorded in either case and police have stated they do not consider the incidents related.

Last week, a blast at a pizzeria on a major road leading into the city caused disruption to morning traffic. Nobody was reported hurt.

“We would naturally like to get in contact with people who might have seen something last night,” Helios said in relation to Tuesday’s incident.

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