Danish police find ’historic’ stockpile of explosives in shed

Over 200 kilograms of explosives have been found in a shed on the island of Amager near Copenhagen.

Danish police find ’historic’ stockpile of explosives in shed
Police during the raid which uncovered over 200 kilograms of explosives near Copenhagen. Photo: Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix

A police raid on Sunday morning uncovered the stockpile, which law enforcement has described as “historic”.

Two men have been arrested following the raid and were scheduled to appear for preliminary court hearings in Copenhagen on Monday.

The men are aged 54 and 21, senior police officer Henrik Andersen said. The incident is being treated as “very serious”, according to Andersen.

“We have seized a historically large amount of explosives, which we obviously are relieved are no longer in criminal hands,” the officer said in a press statement.

“There was no imminent danger to neighbours of the location the explosives were stored, but you don’t have that kind of thing stocked up for fun,” he added.

The exact weight of the discovery is 206.4 kilograms.

The raid came as a result of a long-term investigation, according to police.

“Information that came into our hands a few days ago and which we have worked with intensively since” was a driver for the operation, Andersen told news wire Ritzau.

Police were seen in action in the Sundby area, just south of Copenhagen, on Sunday afternoon. A road was blocked off and military explosives technicians attended the scene.

But the explosives were found in a nearby shed, police said.

Investigation is being conducted by a special Copenhagen Police unit tasked with crime which crosses the Øresund straits separating Denmark and Sweden, Ritzau reports. The police unit deals particularly with crimes relating to weapons and explosives.

Police have not confirmed the extent of any Swedish involvement in the matter.

“There are indications that this could trace to Sweden but that is something we are working to clarify,” Andersen said.

Broadcaster DR has reported a link to biker gangs but no indication the explosives were to be used for terror purposes.

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Danish 7-Eleven stores back on grid after ransomware attack

Almost all of 7-Eleven’s 176 Denmark locations are back up and running with the help of a backup system, the company said on Thursday. 

Danish 7-Eleven stores back on grid after ransomware attack

In an email to news wire Ritzau, 7-eleven said that over 96 percent of its convenience stores across Denmark were now in “stable operation”. That corresponds to around 169 stores.

“We have technicians at the remaining stores who are working hard to get them up and running as soon as possible,” the company said in the email.

However, convenience stores at train stations (where you can buy a transport card) were only accepting Dankort (debit card) payments as of Wednesday evening.

All operational stores outside of train stations currently accept Mobile Pay (app) and cash payments, and many can take Visa, Mastercard, and Dankort. 

“We expect that all stores outside of train stations can accept all Visa, Mastercard, and Dankort during the course of tomorrow morning, and all stores at train stations [will be able to] during the course of the week,” the company wrote late on Wednesday.

The convenience store chain was on Monday hit by a cyber attack that forced all of its 176 stores in Denmark to close.

7-Eleven has confirmed that the outage was due to a ransomware attack — hackers demanded money to return access to the company’s data and systems. 

The attack has been reported to police.

The company’s CEO, Jesper Østergaard, told Ritzau he did not know the extent of losses suffered by 7-Eleven as a result of the incident.