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Danish police kill Copenhagen shootings suspect

Updated söndag 15 februari 2015 kl 17.18
Published söndag 15 februari 2015 kl 10.23
Polis och avspärrningar vid Nörrebro station i centrala Köpenhamn där polisen tidigt på söndagsmorgonen sköt en misstänkt gärningsman till döds i en skottväxling.
Photo: TT.

Danish police say they have killed a man suspected of carrying out two shooting attacks in Copenhagen Saturday.

One person was killed and three injured in the first attack, on a seminar discussing free speech and blasphemy involving the controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks. He was quickly taken to safety by bodyguards and unharmed.

The second attack took place outside a synagogue in the Danish capital, a man standing guard outside a building owned by the Jewish community was killed. Several police officers were also injured in that attack. A bat mitzvah party was going on in the building at the time.

Police then focused their efforts on catching the suspected assailant to a building in the Nörrebro district of the city. When the suspect returned to the area he opened fire on police, they returned fire, killing the man.

Four people were later taken into police custody following a raid on an internet café.

Swedish police are in close contact with their Danish colleagues, but say they they have not yet found any link in the attacks to Sweden, news agency TT report. Police have also carried out checks on cars crossing the Öresund bridge overnight.

In a statement Prime Minister Stefan Löfven says he has called his Danish counterpart, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, and expressed his condolences.

"Everything points to the fact that this is a political attack and therefore terrorism. I wish to express my solidarity with the Danish people and condemn all attempts to silence open debate. We will stand up for the freedom of speech together. Nothing will stop the freedom of expression", Löfven writes.

The Jewish community in Stockholm cancelled all events today for security reasons as a result of the Copenhagen attacks, but later held a memorial service in Stockholm's synagogue. Among the guests, Democracy Minister Alice Bah Kuhnke and Home Affairs Minister Anders Ygeman. Outside, demonstrators gathered to "lovebomb" the synagogue, to show their support to Sweden's Jewish community.

Artist Lars Vilks has long been a target by extremists, he attracted worldwide media attention in 2007 when his satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad led to a series of death threats.

However, despite yesterday's attack he says he is not scared.

"I have bodyguards and that is effective", he told TT, adding that he does worry about their safety though.

"I am prioritised and they take second place. Bodyguards are normal people that are put at risk", he says.

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