Denmark has temporarily restricted its border with Sweden after a recent rash of explosions and violent crimes near Copenhagen. Danish authorities are pointing the finger at criminals from Sweden.
President Donald Trump pointed to terrorism in Sweden back in February 2017, saying that refugees were responsible for the rise in violence in the Nordic country.
“You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden — Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden — they took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible. You look at what’s happening in Brussels. You look at what’s happening all over the world. Take a look at Nice. Take a look at Paris.”President Trump
The checks will take place at the Oresund Bridge and ferry ports between Copenhagen and the Swedish city of Malmo and will begin on Tuesday. They will last a total of six months at this time.
Denmark’s National Police announced that the checks will be at random and will focus “particularly on cross-border crime involving explosives, weapons and drugs.”
Starting in February of 2019, there have been 13 explosions in Copenhagen. Specifically, an August 6 explosion at the Danish Tax Agency is believed by authorities to have been “committed by criminals that crossed the border from Sweden.” Authorities are currently holding two Swedish citizens in custody since the event.
Denmark Justice Minister Nick Haekkerup called a June 25 double murder “showdown between feuding gangs from Sweden.”
Saturday, a 15-year-old boy was killed and another 15-year-old was wounded in a shootout in Malmo, Sweden.
The perpetrators “were well-known to the police despite their young age,” senior police officer Stefan Sinteus said at a press conference Monday. “It was a somber weekend.”
An explosion ripped through Malmo when a car bomb blew up damaging other cars in the area. Police believe that the blast could potentially be a diversion from the shooting.
“We have a serious situation,” Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said speaking on the violence. “The inhabitants of Sweden should feel safe, whether they are on the streets and squares, at home in their residential area or wherever they are.”
Haekkerup said that the border controls should help protect Denmark against Swedish “foreigners who do not live up to the entrance criteria and foreigners who may intend to commit serious organizes crime or terror in Denmark.”