September 17, 2010 / 2:23 PM / 8 years ago

Danish police say bomber's target was newspaper

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A man who set off a small blast at a hotel in Copenhagen last week had most likely planned to send a letter bomb to a Danish newspaper which had published cartoons of Prophet Mohammad in 2005, police said on Friday.

The publication by the Jyllands-Posten daily in 2005 of cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Mohammad ignited protests in the Middle East, Africa and Asia in which at least 50 people died and Danish embassies were torched.

Last year a plot to attack the newspaper was discovered, and in January the creator of the most controversial cartoon escaped an axe attack at his home by a man with al Qaeda links.

“It is probable that Jyllands-Posten in Arhus was the target,” Copenhagen Police Inspector Svend Foldager told a news briefing. “We are reasonably sure that was the target.”

Foldager said the man had constructed a letter bomb with the strength of a hand grenade. “We are fairly sure there is only one bomb, the one that detonated.”

The 24-year-old Chechen man who police have identified as Lors Doukaev, living in Belgium, was detained last Friday in a park after the blast in a toilet at the Hotel Jorgensen and remains in custody.

Foldager said the bomb detonated an hour before the departure of a bus to Belgium for which the man had a ticket.

He said the man still declines to cooperate with police.

Reporting by Anna Ringstrom; Editing by Diana Abdallah

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