Belgium opens probe into Copenhagen blast suspect

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Belgian authorities have opened an investigation into a man suspected in a hotel bombing in Copenhagen, federal prosecutors said Sunday.

"A parallel investigation has been opened as is always the case in probes of this type where suspects have Belgian papers or Belgian nationality," a spokeswoman for federal prosecutors said.

According to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, the man had used a Belgian passport with a fake name.

Danish police charged a young man on Saturday over the blast, accusing him of having tried to launch a deadly attack using an improvised explosive device, according to a court official.

Court spokesman Kim Yrdahl said the explosion took place in the toilets of the Joergensen Hotel, in central Copenhagen, but was thought to have been planned for another location.

The suspect's appearance suggested he was either from the Balkans region or from north Africa, Danish news agency Ritzau said.

Police arrested him Friday in Oersted Park, near the Joergensen Hotel, following the blast.

Denmark has been considered vulnerable to Islamist attacks since 2005, when a major daily newspaper published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that outraged many Muslims.

Security was stepped up in the country in the run-up to the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks in the United States.

© 2010 AFP

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