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Two People Are Being Detained in Connection with Danish Terrorism Attack

Danish police have charged two individuals with assisting a 22-year-old man in a shooting that killed two people over the weekend. Though the motive is still yet to be confirmed, officials believe that Omar Abdel Hamid el-Hussein may have been attempting a copycat attack, similar to the recent shooting at the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The gunman in the Danish attack targeted a free speech event in which controversial artist Lars Vilks—who once depicted Islam’s prophet Muhammad as a dog—was present. A filmmaker attending the debate was killed before the gunmen fled, and later shot another man at Copenhagen’s central synagogue. Omar Abdel Hamid el-Hussein was later killed in a shootout with police. The two people suspected of aiding him in escaping police have denied involvement. In a statement, Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said, “This is not a conflict between Islam and the west. This is a conflict between the core values of our society and violent extremists” …

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