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Copenhagen: 2 suspected aides of gunman jailed for 10 days

Copenhagen: 2 suspected aides of gunman jailed for 10 days
They 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 police, said Michael Juul Eriksen, the defence 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 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. 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. Denmark’s red-and-white flag flew at half-staff from official buildings today across the capital.

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. There was also a smaller mound of flowers on the street at the location where the gunman was slain.

Denmark has been targeted by a series of foiled terror plots since the 2005 publication of 12 caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in the newspaper Jyllands-Posten.


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