Belgian police finds 40 kg explosives at Copenhagen bomber's home

08:58, September 16, 2010      

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Danish police confirmed on Wednesday the identity of the suspect behind the explosion in Copenhagen last Friday. The suspect was identified as Lors Doukaiev, a resident of Liege in Belgium.

The suspect has lived five years in Belgium and is originally from the Russian province of Chechnya. Following the identification of the suspect, Danish television reported that Belgian police has found 40 kilograms of explosives in the suspect 's home in Liege.

"We are not 100 percent sure of his identity but we think it is very likely that he is Lors Dukayev, born in 1986 in Chechnya and now living in Belgium," the inspector in charge of the investigation, Svend Foldager, told reporters at a press conference in Copenhagen.

Danish daily Politiken reported that the suspect has been a member of Boxing Club Cocktail in Liege. According to the boxing trainer Albert Syben, the suspect has been attending boxing training at the boxing club. According to Belgian police the boxing club was a project that was supposed to keep young people in the neighborhood out of criminal activity.

Despite being identified, it is still unclear what the suspect' s motives are. Danish police have not hinted at any motives and the suspect is according to the police still reluctant to cooperate with authorities.

Earlier reports stated that the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten was a target of the suspect. Danish police however strongly advised against speculating on these rumors.

The suspect was arrested in a park in central Copenhagen last Friday, after he was seen running from the hotel where the initial minor explosion had happened.

The blast prompted the Danish intelligence agency PET to raise the terror threat level for Denmark, which has been named by several terrorist groups as a target following the 2005 publication of a caricature series of Prophet Mohammed. In 2008, the Danish embassy in Pakistan was hit by a suicide car bomb, which killed several people, including an employee at the embassy.

Danish and American intelligence agencies last year uncovered a terrorist plot targeting the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, which initially published the controversial cartoons.

Source: Xinhua


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