Denmark manhunt over 'kidnapping' shuts links to Sweden, Germany

Copenhagen police spokesman Riad Tolba said police all over the country were involved in the manhunt.

"In connection with an ongoing investigation, Copenhagen Police are searching for a Swedish-registered Volvo V90 with licence plate number ZBP 546", a police press release stated. He stressed, however, that the public had no reason to be concerned. The vehicle is reportedly a rental auto, but police declined to give further details.

Vehicles sit in traffic after Oresund Bridge, near Copenhagen, is closed due to a police operation in Denmark September 28, 2018.

Danish police shut down all transport links to and from the island of Zealand, where Copenhagen is located, on Friday afternoon as part of a massive manhunt operation reportedly linked to a kidnapping.

Television footage showed cars being checked as they drove through roadblocks at the Oresund bridge to Sweden, causing traffic jams up to 15km long, according to the Danish Road Directorate.

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The police gave no immediate explanation for shutting down the Öresund and the Great Belt Bridges.

Ferries between the island of Zeland and its neighbours - including Sweden and Germany - were also suspended. Ferry routes, including ones connecting Denmark to both Sweden and Germany, were also temporarily closed.

Denmark's railway operator said on Twitter it could move trains to and from the island of Zealand again.

"I was in Danish police for 41 years and I have never experienced this sort of operation", former head of Danish intelligence Hans Jorgen Bonnichsen reportedly told Danish tabloid BT.

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