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Copenhagen killer used stolen Home Guard weapon

Published lördag 21 februari 2015 kl 12.30
Polisens tekniker undersöker den sönderskjutna entrén till kulturhuset Krudttønden i stadsdelen Østerbro i Köpenhamn. Foto: Ola Torkelsson/TT.
The police investigating the shooting at the Krudttønden culture center in Copenhagen, Photo: Ola Torkelsson/TT.

The Danish police say the weapon used for an attack where a controversial Swedish artist was speaking in Copenhagen last weekend was a stolen Home Guard assault rifle.

The attacker fired 28 shots, killing a Danish film director Finn Nörgaard, outside the locale where Swedish artist Lars Vilks was speaking. The Danish police now say the weapon was a M95 assault rifle, a standard weapon used by the Danish military.

He later used a different gun to kill a man on guard outside a synagogue.

While a former elite soldier tells the Danish newspaper Eksta Bladet that such thefts are rare in Denmark, the Swedish police say illegal weapons are common in criminal circles here, and there is a great risk they can end up in the hands of extremists.

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