Danish police arrest 32 in gang crackdown

Danish police Thursday arrested 32 people in a morning raid on gangs and biker groups suspected of murder and other serious crimes, in the latest sting operation against criminal gangs.

"We have arrested suspected perpetrators of a long slew of things, including murder, attempted murder, assault and other serious crimes," the head of the operation, Copenhagen police inspector Joergen Skov, said in a statement.

In late March, police said a clampdown on gangs had led to around 80 arrests in three weeks.

Copenhagen has seen a spate of drive-by shootings and stabbings in recent months that have left several dead and injured.

Inter-gang turf wars, in particular between various immigrant gangs and biker groups, have been going on in Denmark since 2008. Police estimate there have been more than 150 shooting incidents, usually linked to control over the narcotics market.

Police would not disclose which gangs had been targeted in Thursday's swoop, when special task force officers descended on 51 addresses.

Five weapons had been seized in the raids, police said.

Previous stings have focused on the Hells Angels and Bandidos biker groups, and the Vaerebros Haarde Kerne (Vaerebro Hard Core), Black Cobra and Loyal to Familia gangs.

Skov said police were "making it clear to the biker and gang members that we will under no circumstances accept violent conflicts, and that we will use every resource to arrest the guilty."

"At the same we want to engage the biker and gang members in a dialogue and help them find a way out of the criminal milieu," Skov said.