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Denmark bomber ‘a loser screaming for attention’: ex-security chief

The person behind the recent bombings of the tax authorities and a police station is probably a "loser screaming for attention", the former head of Denmark's intelligence services has claimed.

Denmark bomber 'a loser screaming for attention': ex-security chief
Danish police on Saturday released a picture of the man they suspect of delivering the bomb. Photo:
Hans Jørgen Bonnichsen, who ran Denmark's PET security police between 1997 and 2006, said the case reminded him of the Gladsax bomber, who set off nine pipe bombs in the city at the end of the 1970s. 
 
“To me, it looks like this is a loser, who like the Gladsax bomber, is screaming for attention,” he said. 
 
“It strikes me at first glance as if this is a person who feels he cannot get any publicity or get on the front page of the newspapers in any other way. This is a way he can get five minutes of fame in his otherwise sad everyday life.” 
 
An explosion rocked a Copenhagen police station in the early hours of Saturday, causing damage but no injuries, just days after a similar blast at the national tax agency.
 
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Danish police said on Sunday evening that they had received 150 tip-offs from witnesses present around the time of Saturday's explosion at a police station in Copenhagen's Nørrebro district.
 
The police are now looking for a man who left a plastic bag outside the police station shortly before the blast went off. 
 
The man was wearing a black jacket and dark, loose-fitting trousers with a pocket on his right leg, and black shoes.
 
The Gladsax bomber was caught after his ninth and final bomb went off too early, blowing off three of his fingers. He was overpowered by a passer-by and arrested. 
 
He turned out to be Allan Steen Kristensen, an intelligent, academic 19-year-old, who in court claimed to have had no political motives for carrying out the attacks. 
 
After his release in 1981, Kristensen went on to get a degree in chemical engineering, marry and have two children. 
 
Allan Steen Kristensen was arrested after one of his pipe bombs detonated too early and blew off three of his fingers. Photo: Ørgen Jessen / Ritzau Scanpix
 
Bonnichsen stressed that not enough is known about the recent blasts to be certain that the current bomber has the same motivations as Kristensen, or even that both blasts were caused by the same perpetrator. 
 
“Something I know as an old investigator is that one should never get stuck to one theory. On the contrary, one must continue to be open to all possibilities,” he said. “But I must admit that this reminds me a lot of the bombs in Gladsaxe.”
 
He pointed out that the Saturday night blast could have been carried out by a 'copycat' attacker. 

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ENVIRONMENT

Copenhagen to miss 2025 zero emissions target

Copenhagen will not reach its longstanding target of becoming CO2 emissions neutral by 2025.

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Cyclists on Copenhagen's "Lille Langebro" bridge. The Danish capital has admitted to errors in emissions calculations and says it won't be climate neutral in 2025, a long-standing target. Photo by Febiyan on Unsplash

A city councillor told newspaper Jyllands-Posten that the city, which has long stated its aim of becoming the world’s first CO2-neutral capital, would not meet that target as scheduled.

“I won’t need to stand there in 2025 and say ‘hurrah, we’re CO2 neutral’, because I know that CO2 will still be emitted (then),” elected representative Ninna Hedeager Olsen of the Copenhagen Municipality environment section told Jyllands-Posten.

Tourist board Visit Denmark has previously used the emissions goal to market the city, while Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen named the target during the C40 climate summit when it was hosted by Copenhagen in 2019.

But the municipality has included wind energy produced in other municipalities in its calculations on energy sustainability, according to the newspaper report.

This means it effectively still emits CO2 overall.

The company which supplies energy to the city, Hofor, has erected windmills in a number of municipalities outside of Copenhagen. But the electricity produced by these windmills has been used in calculations of CO2 emissions in both Copenhagen and in the municipalities in which the windmills are actually located.

The replication of the energy production in data for different locations can “rightly” be said to be “cheating the scales”, according to Hedeager Olsen.

But that is not the only problem in calculations of the city’s emissions, she also admitted.

“There are loads of things that haven’t been counted,” she said.

The goal to become climate neutral by 2025 was first set by the city in 2012 in a climate plan adopted by the city government.

Copenhagen was the following year awarded the Cities Climate Leadership award for the plan.

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