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Prison hand grenade attack wounds jailed biker

COPENHAGEN, April 26 -- Scandinavia's ongoing war between rival biker gangs flared up again Friday when a jailed member of Bandidos MC was seriously injured by a hand grenade thrown in through the window of his cell in Horseroed prison north of Copenhagen, police said. The 27-year old Morten Christiansen, the only motorcycle gang member being held at the low-security correctional institute, was in critical condition in a hospital with shrapnel wounds and burns. He was asleep in his cell at the time of the early morning assault. A military-issue M-75 automatic rifle was found at the scene of the explosion, but it appeared not have been fired in the attack, said deputy chief inspector Steen Andersen, the officer in charge of the case. Andersen said the assailant broke through the prison's perimeter fence by cutting a large steel padlock securing the gate, and then tossed a grenade through Christiansen's window. The blast raised the ceiling of the cell, blew out the inside door and ignited a fire which was quickly put out by prison personnel, Andersen said. No arrest was made immediately following the episode, and police refused to speculate about the probable motive for this latest attack on a biker gang member. But police surveillance of clubhouses in Denmark belonging to the rival Hells Angels and Bandidos was stepped up. A week ago 14 members of Hells Angels escaped with their lives when their fortified headquarters west of Copenhagen was hit by anti-tank shells fired from a nearby wood.

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Although no arrests were made in that attack, it appeared to be a reprisal for the killing of one Bandidos member and the wounding of three others in a machine gun attack at Copenhagen's international airport in March. Three Hells Angels members were later arrested and charged in the shooting. There also have been violent episodes, some of them fatal, between the two gangs and their supporter groups in Norway, Sweden and Finland in recent months.

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