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Copenhagen gunman not part of wider network: Danish PM

A Danish court on Monday jailed two suspected accomplices of the slain gunman behind the deadly attacks in Copenhagen while Denmark’s Prime Minister said there were no signs of links to a wider terror network.

Danes mourned the two victims of the country’s first fatal terror attacks in 30 years, while some also put flowers at the spot where police killed the gunman.

The suspects arraigned on Monday were accused of helping the gunman evade authorities and get rid of a weapon during the manhunt that ended early Sunday when the attacker was killed in a shootout with a SWAT team, said Michael Juul Eriksen, the defense attorney for one of the two suspects.

Prosecutors had asked a judge to place them in four weeks of solitary confinement and the relatively short period of detention of 10 days in custody suggests the case against the men is “thin,” added Juul Eriksen’s assistant, Anders Rohde.

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt told reporters Monday that the gunman’s choice of targets suggests the attacks were acts of terrorism.

“We have no indication at this stage that he was part of a cell,” she said. “But we will of course in the coming time evaluate our fight against radicalization. We are already doing a lot.” French President Francois Hollande visited the Danish Embassy in Paris on Sunday and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo was in Copenhagen on Monday in a show of solidarity.


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