A police station in Denmark’s capital of Copenhagen has been struck by an explosion just a few days after another government office in the city was hit by a blast, raising public security concerns.
No one was injured as the result of the Friday night explosion, which occurred outside of a mobile police station in Norrebro neighborhood near the city center, according to police authorities cited in local press reports.
The incident took place after an explosion rocked the Danish Tax Agency’s office in Copenhagen on Tuesday, slightly wounding a bystander in what police described as a deliberate attack rather than an act of terrorism.
This is while no one has yet accepted responsibility for the two blasts and police officials are still investigating who may have been behind the incidents.
“Someone did this on purpose. It was not an accident,” Copenhagen Chief Police Inspector Jorgen Bergen Skov said at a news conference following the Tuesday night blast which shattered glass doors and windows and scorched metal cladding at the main entrance of the building in Nordhavn.
“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,” Skov added.
Moreover, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen pointed out that the blast had been “very powerful,” noting at a press conference: “It hurts our sense of security when something like this hits in the middle of our capital, so we look at this with great severity.”
Meanwhile, Denmark’s Tax Minister Morten Bodskov also reacted to the Tuesday’s blast after assessing what he referred to as “severe damages” to the tax agency building, writing in a tweet: “This is an outrageous and totally unacceptable act.”
Such attacks are uncommon in the small Nordic country of only 5.7 million people, which prides itself on a reputation for safety and social tolerance.
While Denmark is known to have some of the highest taxes in the world to finance its generous welfare system, surveys have shown that Danes are generally happy to pay high taxes for the services they receive.
The tax agency was also struck by an explosion 16 years ago, in what police at the time described as “vandalism.” Authorities insisted on Wednesday that their probe of the blasts had shown they were not linked.