Danish police kill suspect believed behind Copenhagen attacks

Copenhagen on high alert after two people killed and five others wounded in two seperate attacks

Copenhagen on high alert after two people killed and five others wounded in two seperate attacks

COPENHAGEN - Danish police on Sunday said they killed the suspect behind the Copenhagen gun attacks that left two people dead and five others injured.

Police said the attacker was gunned down near a train station in the center of Copenhagen following a manhunt with helicopters and armored vehicles.

Chief police inspector Torben Molgaard Jensen told reporters that police "assume that it is the same culprit behind both incidents, and we also assume that the culprit that was shot by the police task force on Norreport station is the person behind both of these assassinations."

The first attack happened on Saturday during a meeting attended by controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks, known for his derogatory depictions of Prophet Muhammad. One civilian was killed and three police officers were wounded in the attack.

Francois Zimeray, France’s ambassador to Denmark, was attending the meeting, but he was not hurt. Vilks was also unhurt and the meeting was held under tight security.

The second attack took place early on Sunday at a synagogue in Copenhagen and the attacker fled on foot after firing at police. One civilian was killed and two policemen were wounded, but their injuries were not life-threatening.

The Copenhagen attacks came one month after three gunmen killed 17 people in France.

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