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Danish capital is hit by second blast in four days after explosion at police station

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Copenhagen has been rocked by an explosion outside a police station in what is the second blast to hit the Danish capital in four days.

No one was injured in the blast, which happened outside a mobile police station in the Norrebro, just outside the city centre, police said. 

On Tuesday, one person was slightly injured in an explosion outside the Danish Tax Agency’s office in Copenhagen, in what police said was a deliberate attack.

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Police said it is too early to say whether the two blasts were connected, but could not immediately comment further.

They are looking for a man seen fleeing from the scene dressed in dark clothing and white shoes, and asked any witnesses to come forward. 

Serious attacks or violence are rare in the small Nordic country of 5.7 million people that prides itself on a reputation for safety and social tolerance. 

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The blast shattered glass doors and windows and scorched metal cladding at the main entrance of the building in Nordhavn, just north of the city centre.

Morten Ostergaard, a member of the Social Liberal Party and a former economic and interior affair ministers, wrote on Twitter that an ‘attack against the police is an attack against all of us.’

‘In Denmark no one should be afraid that their workplace will be blown to bits. Tax agency, police, anywhere.’

After the attack on Wednesday, chief police inspector Jorgen Bergen Skov said: ‘Someone did this on purpose. It was not an accident. 

 ‘We take this very seriously and already last night established a broad and comprehensive investigation. We cannot and will not accept an attack like this.’

The tax agency was hit by an explosion 16 years ago to the day in what police at the time described as ‘vandalism’, but on Wednesday Skov said their investigation had shown the two events were not connected.

Denmark has some of the highest taxes in the world to underpin its generous welfare system.

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