September 28, 2018 / 12:52 PM / 20 days ago

Denmark shuts links to Sweden and Germany as police hunt three in black Volvo

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish police briefly shut bridges and ferry links to Sweden and Germany on Friday as they widened their hunt for three people and a black Volvo in connection with a serious crime - a kidnapping according to Sweden’s Aftonbladet newspaper - to include the whole country.

Police closes the Oresund bridge near Copenhagen, Denmark, September 28, 2018. Ritzau Scanpix/Nils Meilvang via REUTERS

Denmark’s armed forces said they took part in the operation, without giving details. Danish police said they were still looking for a Swedish-registered rental car, and Swedish police said the car was rented at Malmö airport in August but hadn’t been returned.

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“The vehicle probably contains three persons linked to a serious crime,” Danish police said in a statement. “Copenhagen Police are searching for a black Swedish-registered Volvo V90 with registration number ZBP 546.”

Aftonbladet, quoting unnamed sources, said the operation was linked to a kidnapping in Denmark. Police would not confirm the report.

Earlier on Friday, police briefly shut the Oresund bridge and tunnel, a near 16km (10-mile) road and rail link with Sweden that featured in the TV crime drama ‘The Bridge’. Other bridges, ferry services and Copenhagen’s main railway station were also temporarily shut.

Reporting by Emil Nielson and Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; Additional reporting by Johan Ahlander and Johan Sennero in Stockholm; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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