August 14, 2019 / 2:06 PM / 9 days ago

Denmark considers more control with Swedish border after Copenhagen blast

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark’s government is considering strengthening controls at its border with Sweden after a bomb attack aimed at a government agency in Copenhagen that led to two Swedes being charged, the Danish prime minister said on Wednesday.

“We will look into the possibility of protecting our border with Sweden in a better and smarter way,” recently appointed Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen told a news conference.

Denmark is connected to Sweden via the Oresund bridge across a 16 kilometer (10-mile) strait and thousands of citizens from the two countries commute across the border daily by train and car. Both countries are members of the European Union.

“We cannot have a situation where you can travel from Sweden to Denmark and place dynamite in the middle of our capital,” Frederiksen said.

Frederiksen added she had spoken to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven about increasing border control.

Earlier on Wednesday Danish police said they had arrested a 22-year old Swedish man and issued an international warrant for another Swede, 23. Both are suspected of being behind an explosion outside the Danish Tax Agency’s office in Copenhagen last week, which injured one person.

Reporting by Nikolaj Skydsgaard; Editing by Peter Graff and Frances Kerry

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