And the sound of evil laughter fills the Middle Eastern night.
This is not a war between Islam and the West”
Danish-born suspect (22) shot dead after two people killed in separate terror shootings
Danish prime minister Helle Thorning Schmidt arrives at the synagogue in Krystalgade in Copenhagen to show her sympathy. Photograph: Simon Laessoee/Scanpix/Reuters
Queen Margrethe of Denmark has called on Danes to defend together their shared values after police yesterday shot dead a 22-year-old Danish-born man suspected of two fatal shootings hours earlier in Copenhagen.
Local media named the Danish-born suspect as Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, reporting that he had been released from prison a few weeks ago after serving a sentence for knife crime. Police did not confirm the name.
After a frantic manhunt, prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said Denmark had “tasted the ugly taste of fear” when two civilians were killed in suspected copycat Charlie Hebdo attacks – at a synagogue and, hours earlier, at a cafe during a discussion on free speech.
Five police officers were injured during the attacks and the unprecedented manhunt, which ended early yesterday morning with the fatal shooting of the chief suspect. He opened fire after arriving at an apartment block in Copenhagen’s Nørrebro neighbourhood that was being watched by police officers, who then shot him.
Danish investigators say there is no indication more than one person was involved, but yesterday afternoon they raided an internet cafe. Local television showed police leading away two men. “We cannot yet say anything concrete about the motive . . . but are considering that he might have been inspired by the events in Paris some weeks ago,” said Jens Madsen, Denmark’s intelligence chief, at a news conference.