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Police operations are seen at the closed ferry port in Helsingoer, Denmark, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. Danish police on Friday cut off the eastern island of Zealand, where the capital of Copenhagen sits, from the rest of the country as well as from neighboring Germany and Sweden due to "a major police operation." Bridges from Zealand to the central island of Funen and to neighboring Sweden have been closed down, as have ferry crossings to Germany and to Sweden. (Keld Navntoft/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)

Police isolate Copenhagen during manhunt in Denmark

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A police manhunt on Friday prompted Danish authorities to 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.

A black Swedish-registered car with "possibly three people onboard" was being sought in connection with "serious criminality," the Copenhagen police said.

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

Bridges from Zealand to the central island of Funen and to neighboring Sweden were closed down for about two hours, and ferry crossings to Germany and to Sweden were halted. Shutting down these major crossings caused major traffic jams near bridges to Sweden and to the mainland.

On Twitter, Copenhagen police later said all bridges and ferry crossings were reopened.

Denmark's TV2 said a police helicopter and a search with canine squads was spotted on the highway near Roskilde, 25 kilometers (40 miles) west of Copenhagen between the capital and the Storebaelt bridge to the island of Funen.

Copenhagen airport stayed open during the manhunt, according to its website.

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