A Copenhagen blast suspect, caught on CCTV leaving a plastic bag on the pavement minutes before the dramatic explosion, is at the centre of a police hunt today.
A mobile police station in Norrebro, just outside the city centre, was targeted in what Danish police have called a ‘deliberate’ attack at 3.18am this morning.
CCTV footage shows a man, dressed in a large black hoodie, trousers and trainers carrying a plastic bag near the scene just minutes before the explosion.
CCTV footage shows a man, dressed in a large black hoodie, trousers and trainers carrying a plastic bag near the scene. He appears to leave it on the pavement minutes before the blast
Described as between 15 and 25 years old, and 170 to 180cm tall, the man looks around him before appearing the leave the bag on the pavement.
Police are also hunting for the driver of a silver car which drove along Hermodsgade from Sigurdsgade towards Tagensvej just minutes before the explosion.
Another person, wearing brightly coloured shoes, was captured by CCTV as they walked along the pavement, noticed the abandoned plastic bag, and ran away back in the direction they had come.
Described as between 15 and 25 years old, and 170 to 180cm tall, the man looks around him before appearing the leave the bag on the pavement
Copenhagen has been rocked by an explosion outside a police station in what is the second blast to hit the Danish capital in four days
CCTV footage captured the moment a man dressed in black walked along the pavement outside the mobile police station
Police are asking for them, as well as the driver of a taxi seen along the road moments before the explosion, to come forward as witnesses.
It is the second blast to hit the Danish capital in four days but police are yet to link this incident with an earlier explosion outside the Danish Tax Agency’s office.
On Tuesday one person was slightly injured in the blast, which police have said was a deliberate attack.
Serious attacks or violence are rare in the small Nordic country of 5.7 million people that prides itself on a reputation for safety and social tolerance.
The blast shattered glass doors and windows and scorched metal cladding at the main entrance of the building in Nordhavn, just north of the city centre.
Police are looking for a man seen fleeing from the scene dressed in dark clothing and white shoes, and asked any witnesses to come forward
No one was injured in the blast, which happened outside a mobile police station in the Norrebro, just outside the city centre
Morten Ostergaard, a member of the Social Liberal Party and a former economic and interior affair ministers, wrote on Twitter that an ‘attack against the police is an attack against all of us.’
‘In Denmark no one should be afraid that their workplace will be blown to bits. Tax agency, police, anywhere.’
After the attack on Wednesday, chief police inspector Jorgen Bergen Skov said: ‘Someone did this on purpose. It was not an accident.
On Tuesday, a blast shattered glass doors and windows and scorched metal cladding at the main entrance of the building in Nordhavn
Police had closed off the surrounding streets on Wednesday morning and staff were told to stay away
‘We take this very seriously and already last night established a broad and comprehensive investigation. We cannot and will not accept an attack like this.’
The tax agency was hit by an explosion 16 years ago to the day in what police at the time described as ‘vandalism’, but on Wednesday Skov said their investigation had shown the two events were not connected.
Denmark has some of the highest taxes in the world to underpin its generous welfare system.