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Accomplices arrested in Copenhagen shootings

Flowers are left outside the synagogue in Copenhagen where a security guard was killed Saturday. Associated Press/Photo by Michael Probst

Accomplices arrested in Copenhagen shootings

UPDATE: Two suspected accomplices of the gunman behind Saturday’s deadly attacks in Copenhagen were jailed for 10 days Monday as Danes mourned the two victims of Saturday’s shootings, which authorities believe were inspired by the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris last month.

The two unidentified arrested men were accused of helping the gunman evade authorities and get rid of a weapon during the manhunt that ended early Sunday when the attacker, also unidentified, was killed in a shootout with police.

The two people killed in the attacks were Finn Noergaard, 55, a Danish filmmaker was attending a free speech event at the cultural center, and Dan Uzan, 37, a Jewish security guard shot in the head outside a synagogue in Copenhagen. Five police officers were also wounded in the attacks.

Authorities describe the unidentified gunman as a 22-year-old Dane with a history of violence and gang connections.

Denmark’s flag flew at half-staff from official buildings Monday, while mourners placed flowers and candles at the two sites of Saturday’s attacks. The prime ministers of Denmark and Sweden are expected to attend memorials in Copenhagen Monday evening.

UPDATE (Feb. 14, 10:10 p.m. EST): Hours after a terror attack at an event exploring blasphemy and art, a second shooting rocked Copenhagen, Denmark. Police are not yet sure whether the shootings, the most recent of which wounded three people near a synagogue downtown, are related.

Police now believe one gunman carried out the first attack at a cafe and cultural center where a cartoonist who has caricatured Muhammad was appearing. They described the suspect as 25-30 years old with an athletic build and carrying a black automatic weapon. They released a blurred photograph of the suspect wearing dark clothes and a scarf covering part of his face.

OUR EARLIER STORY (Feb. 14, 1:40 p.m.): One man is dead after a shooting at a Copenhagen, Denmark, cafe that was hosting an event entitled “Art, blasphemy, and the freedom of expression.” Cartoonist Lars Vilks, known for his caricatures of Muhammad, was at the cafe during the shooting. Two masked men shot through the windows just before 4 p.m. local time and drove away, Danish police said. Three police officers at the event were shot and wounded, and a 40-year-old man who has not yet been identified died, according to police.

Vilks, who has faced several attempted attacks and death threats after he depicted Muhammad as a dog in 2007, survived the attack.

François Zimeray, the French ambassador to Denmark who was at the conference to speak about the deadly Charlie Hebdo attack last month, tweeted that he was still alive. Twelve people died in the Jan. 7 attack at the Paris offices of the satirical weekly that had printed crude cartoons of Muhammad.

In a statement, French President Francois Hollande called the Copenhagen shooting deplorable and said Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt would have the “full solidarity of France in this trial.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lynde Langdon

Lynde is WORLD’s executive editor for news. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kan.


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