August 11, 2016
All aircraft, including helicopters and drones, were banned from travelling above the centre, after police feared the migrant was riddled with explosives.
The 22-year-old Iranian climbed onto the roof to make the suicide bomber threat at the Asylcentre Nyborg centre in Denmark at about 11.16am local time Wednesday 11 August.
Emergency services scrambled to the centre, on the island of Funen, while the centre was evacuated.
Witnesses said the man had been seen walking around on the roof with an object in his hand, and was talking to someone who had a helmet on.
It is believed the man had visited the centre and asked to see his girlfriend, but was turned away.
He then left the centre and climbed up onto the roof.
A police spokesman said: “The person is on the asylum centre’s roof. Police and emergency workers are on location and the residents of the centre are being evacuated.”
In a subsequent press release, Funen Police said: “We have issued a ban on flights over the area at the Asylum Centre in Nyborg in connection with the current situation, where a person at the centre’s roof threatening to blow themselves up.
“The ban applies to all types of aircraft-including helicopters and drones.”
After negotiations with police mediators the man, who is a resident at another migrant centre in Faaborg, was arrested without incident.
Police said “love worries” appeared to have underpinned the man’s threats.
Officers now say there are no indications that the man had brought explosives.
In a statement they added that all residents had been relocated to “a safe location” and will now be allowed back into the centre.
The flight ban, which had been imposed as it was not known how strong the suspect’s explosives could be, has now been lifted.
The incident took place at Asylcentre Nyborg, which has room for up to 500 occupants.
Denmark registered 21,000 asylum applications in 2015, making it one of the main EU destinations for refugees per capita, after Finland, Austria, Germany, and Sweden.