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Copenhagen: Jyllands-Posten possible target of terror attack (UPDATED)
The suspect is described as ‘North-African-looking’ and speaks French. In court he claimed he could not remember his name, though according to Danish newspaper Ekstrabladet’s sources, he comes from Luxembourg.
The man is being placed in isolation, which probably means the police suspect he has accomplices. According to the charges, the man intended to set off the bomb elsewhere, and it went off at the hotel by accident. (DA, DA)
Danish officials said this week’s small explosion at a Copenhagen hotel could be terror related, as the French-speaking suspect proclaimed his innocence in court Saturday while being ordered held in custody.
The blast on Friday — a day before the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States — caused only minor damage to a hotel bathroom and prompted Danish authorities to “slightly” raise the country’s terror alert. But officials insisted Danes should not be afraid of an imminent attack.
No one was hurt except for the suspect, who was slightly wounded.
The suspect had a map on which the offices of Jyllands-Posten in Viby, Aarhus, were circled (DA). Sources close to the investigation say that the newspaper offices were probably the target, and that the police were already sure of that on Friday. Security in the area was immediately increased.