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Danish police are investigating an incident in which four city buses were destroyed in a pre-dawn fire and a fifth was vandalized with anti-Israel graffiti at a bus depot in Copenhagen,  The Associated Press (AP) reported Friday.

Investigator Jens Moeller Jensen said police suspect arson and are investigating possible links to a decision last week by city transit officials to remove bus ads by a pro-Palestinian Arab group calling for a boycott of Israeli goods.

“There could be a political motive. We consider this one theory ... but we cannot link it to anything for now," he said, according to AP.

The buses were parked for the night at a depot in northern Copenhagen. Photographs from the scene showed the badly charred buses surrounded by firefighting foam.

Moeller Jensen said no one was injured and police had no suspects, the report noted.

Earlier this week, the Danish Palestinian Friendship Association vowed to expand an advertising campaign urging people to boycott products from "Israeli settlements" - i.e. Jews living in Judea and Samaria - after the ads were dropped from Copenhagen buses for being offensive.

The advertisements on 35 buses in the Copenhagen area pictured two women beside the quote: "Our conscience is clean! We neither buy products from the Israeli settlements nor invest in the settlement industry."

They were dropped by Movia within just four days after the company "received a significant number of inquiries regarding the Danish Palestinian Friendship Association's campaign against Israeli settlements."

The campaign surfaces just months after Palestinian Arab terrorist Omar El-Hussein killed two people in a Copenhagen cafe and outside a local synagogue. 

Also this week, the head of Denmark's intelligence agency stepped down as an investigation criticized parts of the police response to February's deadly twin terror attacks in Copenhagen.

"After careful consideration, I have agreed with the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice and the National Commissioner of Police that I will now undertake new tasks to develop Danish police," Jens Madsen of the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) said in a statement.

His resignation came hours before the publication of a police report that revealed it took almost four hours from the moment gunman Omar El-Hussein shot dead a filmmaker outside a cultural center, until police were deployed outside Copenhagen's main synagogue, where a Jewish man was later killed.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)