Manhunt in Denmark shuts down bridges, ferries to Copenhagen

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A sign on the Danish side warns that the bridge is closed.

Sweden's Aftonbladet paper, citing an unnamed police source, said the case was likely connected to a kidnapping.

Shutting down these major crossings has caused major traffic jams near the bridges to Sweden and to the mainland.

The bridge closure was part of a search for a Swedish vehicle whose occupants are suspected of "serious crimes", according to Copenhagen Police.

Just before 3pm, Copenhagen Police announced that the re-opening of the bridge was imminent, as was the continuation of train traffic out of Copenhagen Central Station, which had also been temporarily halted.

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Police issued an appeal for sightings of a black Swedish-registered Volvo auto, saying there were likely to be three people inside involved in "serious crime".

A nationwide police manhunt paralyzed Denmark on Friday after authorities briefly cut off the eastern island of Zealand, where the capital of Copenhagen sits, from the rest of the country as well as from Germany and Sweden.

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

The police search for the vehicle is so intense that the licence plate and description of the auto was, as of Friday afternoon, the headline of the lead story of Denmark's best selling newspaper the Berlingske.

Ferry services to Germany have now been reopened, said Danish local media.