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Danish Police Kill Man Responsible for Copenhagen Attacks

Copenhagen police have shot dead a man they say opened fire on them, Sky News reports Sunday morning, and have stated that he is the lone shooter responsible for a double attack on a ‘Blasphemy Conference’ and a synagogue. 

“It is estimated that the person shot dead is responsible for two of the attacks,” said a police spokesman, Walla! News reports. Police shot the man dead after he opened fire on security forces near a railway station in Noerrebro, after they had been keeping an address there under observation

Police have now said that he is the lone gunman in the attack, contradictory to earlier reports of two gunmen.  

“We believe the same man was behind both shootings and we also believe that the perpetrator who was shot by the police action force at Noerrebro station is the person behind the two attacks,” Torben Moelgaard Jensen told a press conference, according to AFP.

The gunman has not been named as of Sunday morning. 

In the first attack, it was reported that two masked gunmen shot over 200 bullets into a cafe’ holding a conference on Islam and free speech, which featured several controversial speakers, including possible target and Mohammed cartoonist Lars Vilks.

One man, a civilian, died; three policemen were injured. The gunmen – one described as tall, athletic, and with Arabic features – escaped in a black Volkswagen Polo. 

Hours later, another two reported gunmen shot at a synagogue in the city center, killing one person and wounding two others. The perpetrators in that attack fled on foot. 

Michael Gelvan, chairman of the Nordic Jewish Security Council, told AFP that a Bat Mitzvah ceremony had been underway inside the synagogue and that the “young man” who was killed had been responsible for “access control” when he was shot.

Later Sunday, the victim was named as Dan Ozan, 37.  

“We don’t know anything yet, it’s too early to guess,” he said about possible motives behind the killing.

“But it’s a copy of what happened in Paris,” he said, referring to the deadly attacks at satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in January.

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