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‘Violent’ explosion rocks Danish tax office

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Published on August 11, 2019 with No Comments

Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has described the incident as a “deliberate act”, but said it was too early to speak of a “terror attack”.

The Danish Police has said that foul play was involved in a powerful explosion that rocked the national tax agency in Copenhagen, causing severe damage to the building’s exterior but no serious injuries.

The cause of the blast that occurred at the agency’s headquarters in the capital’s Osterbro district, was not immediately known, Copenhagen police said. But investigators were treating the incident as a criminal act.

“It’s something someone has done on purpose,” Copenhagen police inspector Jorgen Bergen Skov, told a press briefing, adding that it was too early to say what the motive could have been. The blast had smashed windows and torn apart the front of the building. One person was hit by flying fragments and sought treatment at a hospital.

Two people were inside the agency at the time of the explosion but escaped injury. Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has described the incident as a “deliberate act”, but said it was too early to speak of a “terror attack”.

“We are talking about a serious crime and a very violent explosion, so it is a wonder no one was seriously injured,” Frederiksen told reporters.

Danish Tax Minister Morten Bodskov told media that it was “pretty obvious the facade has been blown up” deliberately, calling it a “totally unacceptable act”. “Copenhagen police are conducting an investigation, but if anyone knows anything they should come forward,” he said.

 

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