Two Accomplices of Denmark Shooter Charged by Police

© REUTERS / Hannibal HanschkePolice guard the scene of a shooting at cafe 'Krudttonden,' which was hosting a free speech event, in Oesterbro, Copenhagen, February 16, 2015
Police guard the scene of a shooting at cafe 'Krudttonden,' which was hosting a free speech event, in Oesterbro, Copenhagen, February 16, 2015 - Sputnik International
Danish authorities charged two men with aiding a shooter involved in weekend attacks in Copenhagen, Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet reported, citing local police.

Police officers control the street in front of an internet cafe in Norrebro district in Copenhagen, February 15, 2015 - Sputnik International
Danish Police Arrest Two Accomplices of Copenhagen Gunman
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Monday, Danish police said that they had charged two people with giving a helping hand to the man suspected of killing two people in attacks on a synagogue and an event promoting freedom of speech in Copenhagen last weekend.

The police said in a statement that "the two men are charged with helping through advice and deeds the perpetrator in relation to the shootings at Krudttonden and in Krystalgade."

Meanwhile, the two men have denied allegations of giving the gunman shelter and getting rid of a weapon, according to Michael Juul Eriksen, the defense attorney for one of the two men.

On Saturday, gunman Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, killed a man at a Copenhagen cafe. At the time, the cafe was hosting a debate on free speech, featuring the author of cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammad. On early Sunday, Hussein shot dead a man near a synagogue, according to the police. The shooter was gunned down by police officers hours later.

According to the police, the suspects helped Hussein obtain weapons and get rid of them after the shootings. Moreover, authorities say the suspects provided the gunman with a haven after the attacks.

Police officers take cover behind their patrol cars on the streets of central Copenhagen on February 15, 2015 - Sputnik International
Danish Police Believe Man Killed Responsible for Two Copenhagen Shootings

The deadly shootings in Copenhagen may have been inspired by January terrorist attacks in Paris, which resulted in the deaths of 17 people, Copenhagen police concluded Sunday. The first of the Paris attacks was carried out on the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, known for its cartoons lampooning Islam.

The Copenhagen shooter could have been influenced by propaganda of some radical extremist organizations, Ekstra Bladet said, citing a member of the Danish Security Service.

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