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Copenhagen hand grenade explosion linked to gang conflict

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Copenhagen hand grenade explosion linked to gang conflict
Photo: Presse-Fotos.dk/Ritzau Scanpix
10:20 CEST+02:00
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.

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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