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Police say Copenhagen operation followed alleged threat

Police officers on the Nyborg motorway after the last exit before the Great Belt Bridge on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. A nationwide police manhunt paralyzed Denmark on Friday after authorities briefly cut off the eastern island of Zealand, where the capital of Copenhagen sits, from the rest of the country as well as from Germany and Sweden. (Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix)

HELSINKI (AP) — Danish police say Friday’s massive police operation around Copenhagen that caused traffic chaos was connected with an alleged threat on the lives of “specific individuals.”

Copenhagen police spokesman Joergen Bergen Skov told reporters on Saturday that the operation was launched after an alert from the Danish security service. He said it had been working on a case “where certain people have had their lives threatened.” He gave no details.

Authorities briefly cut off the island of Zealand, where Copenhagen sits, from the rest of the country as well as from Germany and Sweden.

Police said the stolen, Swedish-registered car that was sought and found late Friday had no direct connection with the case and was part of a separate investigation. Two people connected with the car were detained and released.

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