Danish man held for making bomb threats

Police have detained a suspect who they believe is responsible for hoax calls that led to four evacuations across the country

Danish police detained a man on Monday suspected of a series of bomb hoaxes that forced the evacuation of two airports and two shopping centres yesterday.

The 31-year-old suspect was arrested in Slagelse in west Zealand, according to the South Zealand and Lolland-Falster Police.

“The man is suspected of sending a number of threats to Danish airports, shopping centres and hospitals,” the police said.

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No motive has been established for the threats, which also forced the evacuation of local airports in Roskilde and Aarhus and the Ros Torv shopping mall in Roskilde, although the police have said they believe the man is struggling with psychological issues.

All of the locations were reopened after searches by sniffer dogs failed to turn up any bombs. A second shopping centre in Slagelse was also searched.

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Additional threats were received at Copenhagen Airport and Tirstrup Airport; the Copenhagen shopping centres Fields, Fisketorvet and Frederiksberg Centret and Vestsjællandscentret in Slagelse; city hospital Rigshospitalet and Odense University Hospital; and the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen Business School.