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Denmark Rules Out Copenhagen Shooter Part of Terror Cell

© REUTERS / Danish Police handout/Scanpix Denmark An image released by Danish police shows Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein on a subway train in connection to a stabbing in Copenhangen on November 22, 2013, and received by Reuters on February 16, 2015
An image released by Danish police shows Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein on a subway train in connection to a stabbing in Copenhangen on November 22, 2013, and received by Reuters on February 16, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said that 22-year-old Omar Abdel El-Hussein, the gunman who killed two civilians and wounded several police officers in Copenhagen last week, was not part of a terrorist group.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The gunman who killed two civilians and wounded several police officers in Copenhagen last week was not part of a terrorist group, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said Monday.

"I would like to make it very clear that we have no indications that the perpetrator was part of a terrorist group," Thorning-Schmidt told reporters.

The Danish people must stand united following the attacks, the prime minister said.

"We will not accept any attempts to undermine our right to freedom," Thorning-Schmidt stated, adding that "the attack against the Jewish synagogue is an attack against the whole of Denmark."

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On Saturday, a gunman opened fire at a free speech debate in a Copenhagen cafe. The seminar was attended by Swedish artist Lars Vilks, known for his drawings of the Prophet Muhammad. A 55-yer-old film director was killed in the incident.

Hours later, a 37-year-old Jewish man was shot in the head while standing outside a synagogue.

The suspected attacker, 22-year-old Omar Abdel El-Hussein, was fatally shot by police on Sunday. According to the authorities, the gunman had a criminal record and a gang background, and had been released from jail two weeks ahead of the killings.

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