Suspects attack Turkish embassy in Copenhagen with Molotov cocktails
COPENHAGEN – Reuters
The Turkish Embassy in the Danish capital Copenhagen was attacked by four people with Molotov cocktails early on March 19, according to a police official.
Torben Madsen from the Copenhagen police told reporters that the police had noticed the attack while patrolling the area at around 2.55 a.m. local time (0155GMT).
Madsen said a number of police officers were sent to the area, adding that the police officer who spotted the incident was focused on extinguishing the fire rather than catching the fleeing attackers.
Madsen said nothing about who the suspected attackers might be. No-one was hurt, even though the building was damaged.
Attacks on Turkish buildings in Europe have intensified since Turkey launched “Operation Olive Branch” on Jan. 20 to remove the People’s Protection Units (YPG) from Syria’s northwestern Afrin district.
In a tweet, Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen condemned the attack: "Attacking diplomatic missions of other countries is a very serious act. The special statuses of embassies in our country must be respected.
"I hope those responsible for the attack on the Turkish Embassy will be brought to justice by being captured quickly,” Rasmussen added.
Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen said in a statement: “I strongly condemn the arson attack attempt last night against Turkey's
Embassy in Copenhagen. It is good that nobody got hurt."
Samuelsen said, “The Turkish Embassy stands under our protection as does all embassies in Copenhagen. An attack on an embassy is an attack on the Danish state. I thank our police for quick response.”