Thursday 22 February 2018

Denmark bolsters anti-terror moves

A police officer stands in front of the cultural centre where one of the gunman's victims was killed in Copenhagen (AP)
A police officer stands in front of the cultural centre where one of the gunman's victims was killed in Copenhagen (AP)

The Danish government has pledged 970 million kroner (£84 million) to strengthen anti-terrorism measures, including foreign and domestic intelligence-gathering.

The announcement follows attacks on a freedom of speech event and a synagogue which left two people dead and five police officers wounded in Copenhagen.

The government had already started drafting the plans last month after parliamentarians demanded a review of anti-terror measures following the terror attacks by Islamic extremists in Paris.

Social Democratic prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said the plan includes 415 million kroner (£36 million) to boost efforts to monitor Danes joining Islamic militant groups abroad, and 200 million kroner (£19 million) in extra funding for the domestic intelligence agency.

The centre-right opposition is expected to back the government's plan.

The gunman who carried out the attacks, Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, 22, was killed by a SWAT team early on Sunday.

His victims included Danish documentary film-maker Finn Norgaard and a Jewish security guard, Dan Uzan, while five police officers were also wounded.

Press Association

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