Danish island where Copenhagen sits cut off due to 'major' police operation

29 September, 2018, 00:25 | Author: Myra Gill
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Police armed with machine guns reportedly stopped a vehicle on a motorway west of the capital Copenhagen (which is located on the island, Zealand), according to a photographer quoted in newspaper Berlingske Tidende.

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, quoting unnamed sources, said the operation was linked to a kidnapping in Denmark.

Zealand, where Denmark's capital Copenhagen is located, is one of a dozen major islands that make up the bulk of Danish territory to the north of Germany, and west of Sweden.

Television footage showed cars being checked as they drove through roadblocks at the Oresund bridge to Sweden, causing traffic jams up to 15km long, according to the Danish Road Directorate.

Ferry services to Germany have now been reopened, said Danish local media.

"I was in Danish police for 41 years and I have never experienced this sort of operation", former head of Danish intelligence Hans Jorgen Bonnichsen reportedly told Danish tabloid BT.


"In the vehicle there are likely three people who are connected to serious crimes".

View from the webcam of the Oresund Bridge.

Copenhagen airport was still open, according to its website.

Though the bridges and ferry crossings have opened, police "have personnel standing at every connection to make manual checks", Copenhagen police spokesperson Riad Tolba was quoted as saying by United Kingdom newspaper The Telegraph.

Denmark's railway operator said on Twitter it could move trains to and from the island of Zealand again.

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