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Manhunt in Denmark shuts down bridges and ferries to Copenhagen

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Zealand, where Denmark's capital Copenhagen is located, is one of a dozen major islands that make up the bulk of Danish territory to the north of Germany, and west of Sweden.

Sydsjælland and Lolland-Falster Police report that all of the ferries between Rødby-Puttgarden and Gedser-Rostock are closed.

"It is very unusual that we choose to do this, but the three persons are suspected of a serious crime", Riad Tolba, Copenhagen police spokesman, told the Daily Telegraph.

Sweden's Aftonbladet newspaper quoted an unnamed police source as saying the auto was being sought in connection with a kidnapping.

In an effort to track the vehicle down, Danish police cut all links between the island of Zealand and its neighbours.

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

All bridges and ferry crossings were later reopened but heavily armed police officers were screening cars at bridges and ferries across the country. Television footage showed cars being checked as they drove through roadblocks at the Oresund bridge to Sweden.

Aftonbladet reported that the auto, a Volvo V90, had been stolen from the airport on August 1, east of Malmo, Sweden's third-largest city.

Copenhagen Central Station was put on lockdown for a short time, but reopened.

All vehicles were stopped before the five-mile road and rail bridge over the Oresund strait between Copenhagen and Malmo, Sweden.

Denmark's railway operator said on Twitter it could move trains to and from the island of Zealand again.