Danish police call off hunt for black Volvo after urgent search

A police car is seen during an operation in Funen, Denmark September 28, 2018. Ritzau Scanpix/Carsten Bundgaard Andersen via REUTERS

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish police said on Saturday they had questioned and later released two suspects who were found traveling in the Swedish-registered black Volvo that sparked a major crime search on Friday.

Police briefly shut bridges and ferry links to Sweden and Germany as they hunted for the car, which Sweden’s Aftonbladet newspaper said was wanted in connection with a kidnapping.

The two suspects, who police said were thought to be linked to a “serious crime,” were later freed. The pair were detained after being seen acting suspiciously near the scene of the potential attack.

The investigation continues, police said, but gave no further details.

“The Volvo was located nearby, and its behavior close to the people under threat ... indicated that an attack was about to happen,” chief police inspector Jorgen Bergen Skov said at a press briefing in Copenhagen.

Friday’s search, in which the country’s armed forces also took part, briefly shut the Oresund bridge and tunnel, a near 16km (10-mile) road and rail link with Sweden. Other bridges, ferry services and Copenhagen’s main railway station were also temporarily shut.

“We were acting in case of a worst-case scenario,” Skov said about Friday’s comprehensive police operation.

Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; Editing by Helen Popper