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Denmark raises threat level after Paris attacks

Police say the public will not notice changes in daily lives, note ‘uncertain situation’ in parts of Europe

Flowers and candles are seen in front of the French embassy in Copenhagen on November 14, 2015 the day after a series of terrorist attacks in Paris. (AFP/SCANPIX DENMARK/Thomas Lekfeldt)
Flowers and candles are seen in front of the French embassy in Copenhagen on November 14, 2015 the day after a series of terrorist attacks in Paris. (AFP/SCANPIX DENMARK/Thomas Lekfeldt)

DENMARK — Danish police on Wednesday raised the country’s threat level to the next-highest level citing the elevated risk of a terrorist attack after last week’s Paris attacks.

“Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, the Danish police is now raising its internal preparedness level” to “significantly heightened preparedness,” it said in a statement.

Police cited the “uncertain situation in a number of European countries.”

However, it said the Danish intelligence service PET had “not changed its assessment of the terrorist threat against Denmark, which is still considered serious.”

The Danish public would not see any difference in their daily lives as a result of the change, police said.

Hours after raising the threat level police evacuated one of two terminals at Copenhagen’s Kastrup Airport because of a suspicious bag, airport officials and police said.

“Terminal 3 has been evacuated. A suspicious bag has been reported. Police are investigating,” airport spokeswoman Sisse Hansen told AFP.

“We are heading to a suspicious situation at Kastrup airport. Terminal 3 evacuated,” police confirmed on Twitter.

In February, a Danish-born Islamist extremist killed a Danish filmmaker outside a cultural center where a debate on Islam and free speech was taking place. Hours later, he killed a Jewish man was killed at a synagogue, as a bar mitzvah was being celebrated outside.

Suspected Islamic State extremists killed 129 people and injured hundreds in coordinated attacks in Paris last Friday.

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