Wednesday 21 March 2018

Gunman 'just released from prison'

Flowers lie in front of the Copenhagen synagogue where a security guard was killed (AP)
Flowers lie in front of the Copenhagen synagogue where a security guard was killed (AP)
Danish flags fly at half-mast in Copenhagen following the shootings (AP)

The slain gunman behind two deadly shooting attacks in the Danish capital Copenhagen had been released from prison just two weeks previously and might have become radicalised there last summer, a source close to the inquiry has revealed.

The gunman, who was killed in a shoot-out with police, was named as 22-year-old Danish national Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein.

One source said El-Hussein had been in pre-trial detention for a long time, but was released two weeks ago.

He also said the corrections authority had alerted Danish security service PET last year after they noticed worrisome changes in El-Hussein's behaviour.

The weekend attacks in Copenhagen killed two people and wounded five police officers.

Mourners placed flowers and candles at the cultural centre where documentary filmmaker Finn Noergaard, 55, was killed and at the synagogue where Dan Uzan, a 37-year-old security guard, was gunned down. I n an unusual development, some also placed flowers at the spot where police killed El-Hussein.

Two suspected accomplices of El-Hussein's have been detained for 10 days after an arraignment hearing.

The Danish prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, insisted there are no signs the gunman had any links to a wider terror network.

Press Association

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