Was the Copenhagen explosion terror-related?

The news on Friday of an explosion at Hotel Jørgensen in the centre of Copenhagen and the initial report that the arrested suspect possessed effects suggesting he might have been targeting the Viby headquarters of Jyllands-Posten, the newspaper that published the 2005 Mohammad cartoons, is disturbing to say the least.

The last bit of info, reported by the muck-raking tabloid Ekstra Bladet, that the suspect had a map with the newspaper’s address circled is apparently false, which I guess is a relief. The suspect, who apparently detonated his small bomb — perhaps intended for a letter — accidentally was hurt, but capable of interrogation via a French interpreter on Friday. He didn’t reveal anything, and the police are reluctant to jump to conclusions as to whether the he was intending to carry out a terrorist attack. They have released footage of him and a currently pursuing leads obtained from the public.

It’ll be interesting to see whether their fears will be confirmed. The incident follows the arrest in Chicago last year of Tahawwur Rana and David Headley, suspected of planning to bomb Jyllands-Posten, and the latter involved in the planning of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack, as well as the home invasion earlier this year of the house ‘bomb in turban’ cartoonist Kurt Westergaard. Danes are slowly getting used to the still very new reality of being potential targets of terrorist attacks and one fears a political overreaction. But at least prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen emphasised in his initial statement that Danes should avoid letting it effect their daily way of life.

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