Monday 26 September 2016

Man 'threatens to blow himself up' at Denmark refugee centre

Police evacuated residents of the centre and banned planes flying over as the stand-off continued

Published 10/08/2016 | 13:22

Danish policemen stand guard in front of the city court in Copenhagen, Denmark
Danish policemen stand guard in front of the city court in Copenhagen, Denmark

Police have surrounded a refugee centre in Denmark after a man climbed on the roof and threatened to blow himself up.

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The centre in Nyborg was on lockdown as the stand-off continued on Wednesday afternoon, with a heavy armed police presence.

Residents were evacuated from a large security cordon and aircraft were banned from flying overhead.

A spokesperson for Funen Police said asylum seekers had been safely evacuated from the centre, which can hold up to 500 people.

"Officers received a notification at 11.15am local time (10.15am BST) from the asylum centre that a person was threatening to blow himself up," he added.

"The person is on the asylum centre's roof. Police and rescue teams have been sent to the scene."

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