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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 October 2018

Danish capital cut off in hunt for 'kidnap' suspects

Ferries and bridge crossings were stopped for several hours during police operation

Vehicles sit in traffic after Oresund Bridge, near Copenhagen, is closed due to a police operation in Denmark (Reuters)
Vehicles sit in traffic after Oresund Bridge, near Copenhagen, is closed due to a police operation in Denmark (Reuters)

Danish police cut off the eastern island of Zealand, where the capital of Copenhagen sits, from the rest of the country and neighbours Germany and Sweden for several hours on Friday during a police manhunt reportedly linked to a kidnapping.

Danish police said they were looking for a Swedish-registered Volvo V90 in connection with an ongoing investigation. "In the vehicle there are probably 3 people" wanted for a "serious crime," a statement said

Ferry crossings to Germany and Sweden were stopped as were bridges from Zealand to the main island of Funen and Sweden. As a result of the chaos and confusion, extensive traffic queues formed. The Denmark-Sweden road was later reopened and ferry crossings resumed.

The Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, citing an unnamed police source, said the car was being sought in connection with a kidnapping. It was later found but police did not say if arrests had been made.

The car had been stolen from an airport near Malmo, Sweden's third biggest city, four weeks earlier.