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Man jailed for 'hate crime' at World Outgames

DANISH police say a 31-year-old man who threw fireworks at a gay-friendly sports event has been jailed under Denmark's hate crimes law.

A Seattle runner suffered minor injuries in the attack at the World Outgames.

Police spokesman Jesper Schultz says the man was ordered yesterday to be held in jail for 13 days on a preliminary charge of reckless endangerment. The attack was labeled a hate crime because police believe the suspect was targeting the event because of the sexual orientation of the participants.

The Seattle Frontrunners track team said on its Web site that a small piece of plastic struck one of its members, Dean Koga, and became embedded in his hand when the devices went off on Tuesday afternoon.

World Outgames director Uffe Elbaek said he's saddened by the attack, but relieved the attacker was in custody and that Koga is going to be OK.


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