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Bombs disrupt World Outgames track event in Denmark

Nashville couple was present during attack

July 28, 2009 Joey Leslie   Comments


A Nashville couple was present Tuesday when bombs disrupted the World Outgames in Denmark.
Photo by Sam Felker and Keith Little

The World Outgames were disrupted today when four bombs exploded during a track race injuring at least one person.

Sam Felker and Keith Little, a Nashville couple competing in the Outgames in Denmark, wrote about the incident today on their blog.

"The camaraderie of the Outgames was temporarily broken this afternoon when unknown assailants tossed two explosive devices onto the track during the start of a relay," the men wrote on their blog. "One runner who was in a starting position near the explosions sustained a minor injury to his hand and was treated at the scene by paramedics. The large crowd of athletes and spectators was stunned by what can only be described as a hate crime attack."

The men said the athletes chose to continue the race as police searched the area for suspects. Then, two more bombs exploded on the track. Police arrested a suspect who was seen fleeing from a nearby church tower where it is believed the attack was launched. Police are still searching for a second suspect.

"We are all stunned by this turn of events," the men wrote. "Locals tell us that Denmark, which is known world wide for its openness and diversity, has been plagued recently by increased hate crimes and violence aimed at gays and lesbians. Of course, we are also determined that this will not stop or spoil the Outgames."

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