Danish PM Says Copenhagen Gunman Not Part of Wider Cell

The prime minister said there were no signs of links to a wider terror network.

Published: 16th February 2015 09:18 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th February 2015 09:18 PM   |  A+A-


COPENHAGEN: A Danish court today jailed two suspected accomplices of the slain gunman behind the deadly attacks in Copenhagen while the prime minister said there were no signs of links to a wider terror network.        

Danes mourned the two victims of the country's first fatal terror attacks in 30 years, while some also put flowers at the spot where police killed the gunman.    

The suspects arraigned today were accused of helping the gunman evade authorities and get rid of a weapon during the manhunt that ended early yesterday when the attacker was killed in a shootout with a SWAT team, said Michael Juul Eriksen, the defense attorney for one of the two suspects.

Prosecutors had asked a judge to place them in four weeks of solitary confinement and the relatively short period of detention 10 days in custody suggests the case against the men is "thin," added Juul Eriksen's assistant, Anders Rohde.        

Rohde was speaking to reporters after a four-hour custody hearing held behind closed doors for the men, who were not named.          

Two people were killed in the weekend attacks, including a Danish filmmaker attending a free speech event and a Jewish security guard shot in the head outside a synagogue in Copenhagen. Five police officers were wounded in the attacks.    

Police said today they are in good condition and are expected to be released from hospital this week.           

 Authorities have not identified the gunman, but have described him as a 22-year-old Dane with a history of violence and gang connections. Denmark's security service said he may have been inspired by the terror attacks by Islamic extremists in Paris that killed 17 people.     

 Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt told reporters today that the gunman's choice of targets suggests the attacks were acts of terrorism.   "We have no indication at this stage that he was part of a cell," she said. "But we will of course in the coming time evaluate our fight against radicalization. We are already doing a lot."          

Investigators today released more information about the gunman's movements between the attacks.           

 Police spokesman Joergen Skov said the gunman visited an Internet cafe late Saturday, about six-and-a-half hours after the first attack. Police raided the facility on Sunday and detained four people, including the two men arraigned today, Skov said. The other two were released.

Investigators released new images of the suspect and asked witnesses who had seen him enter or leave the Internet cafe to contact police.

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