Italian's 'suspicious' money belt sparks Danish police alert

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The incident happened at Christiansborg, Denmark's parliament building. Photo: Eugene Phoen
13:58 CET+01:00
Police in Copenhagen on Thursday arrested an Italian tourist wearing a "suspicious belt bag" at the Danish parliament building.

The man was stopped shortly after 1pm, police wrote on Twitter. 

In a previous tweet, police wrote that they had "pacified" the man in question and called bomb personnel to the scene shortly to investigate.

The bomb personnel ruled out a threat shortly after their arrival.

"It was an Italian tourist, whom several other tourists found suspicious because there were some yellow cables hanging out of his belt bag," police spokesman Steen Hansen told Denmark's TV2. 

"It turned out to just be some rubber bands. He has been taken to the station so we can explain the situation to him and tell him why he was overpowered." 

A photo posted to Twitter by Anders Frandsen shows the police pointing their weapons at two men to the ground outside of the parliament building:

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Access to Christiansborg, the parliament building, was temporarily closed during the situation but doors were opened again just after 1pm, TV2 reported.

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