Copenhagen attacks: Danish police charge two men

The Guardian: Two men detained on Sunday have been charged with aiding the suspect in the Copenhagen terror attacks.

A 22-year-old Danish-born gunman killed a film director and a young Jewish man at the weekend in Denmark’s most lethal terror attack in decades.

The defence lawyer for one of the detained men said they were accused of helping the gunman evade authorities and get rid of a weapon during the manhunt that ended early on Sunday when the attacker was killed in a shootout with police.

The suspects, arraigned at a closed hearing on Monday, were accused of “having helped the perpetrator in connection with the shooting attacks”, Copenhagen police said.

Michael Juul Eriksen, defence attorney for one of the men, told reporters they deny the allegations. A judge at the hearing will rule on whether to keep the men in custody.

The suspected gunman has been named in local media as Omar Abdel Hamid el-Hussein. He was reportedly released from prison a few weeks ago after serving a sentence for knife crime. Police did not confirm the name.

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