Swedish men suspects in Denmark tax office blast, say police

Danish police seen outside a local police station, following an explosion in Copenhagen on Aug 10. (Reuters pic)

STOCKHOLM: Police said today two Swedes were suspected of being behind a powerful explosion that rocked Denmark’s tax agency last week, damaging the building’s exterior but causing no serious injuries.

A 22-year-old was arrested in Sweden on Tuesday, Copenhagen police told a press conference while a second suspect, aged 23, was still at large.

“We have raided several addresses in Sweden. We’ve seized the car we believe was used by the perpetrators,” inspector Jorgen Bergen Skov said.

The Aug 6 blast smashed windows and tore apart the front of the building in Copenhagen’s Osterbro neighbourhood.

One person was hit by flying fragments and sought treatment at a nearby hospital.

Two people were inside the agency at the time of the explosion but escaped with injury.

Police said analysis showed industrial explosives were used in the blast.

Three days later, another explosion rocked a police station in the nearby Norrebro neighbourhood, also causing damage to the building’s exterior but no injuries.

However, “there is nothing indicating that” the two blasts were linked, Skov told reporters.