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It's a blessing the shots came from outside and so many people escaped harm.







And to give credit where it's due, the Danish police have really stepped it up lately, ever since Knud Westergaard (one of the infamous Muhammad cartoonists) was attacked in his own home by an axe-wielding nutter. Even without the Charlie Hebdo attack, I'd imagine the PET would've been out in full force at this type of event.

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Damn it.



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Shots fired at Copenhagen synagogue: Danish police



One person was shot in the head and two police were wounded in an attack on a synagogue in central Copenhagen, Danish police said, adding that it was too early to say whether the incident was connected to an earlier one at an arts cafe.

Danish television station TV2 said a large metro and train station nearby, Norreport, was being evacuated.

The news followed a shooting attack earlier Saturday on a cafe which hosted a debate on freedom of speech and was attended by Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has been threatened with death for his cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. One man died in that attack, and police said a suspect was still at large.






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CNN producer says it looks like a war zone (due to the police presence) in Copenhagen right now. Terrible, terrible.
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The person shot at the synagogue has died. He was a member of the Jewish congregation, acting as security while a function took place inside the synagogue.



However, Danish police believe they have shot and killed the person responsible for both attacks. They had a location under surveillance, and when the suspect approached, he was hailed, chose to open fire, at which point the police shot and killed the man.

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I hope things settle down for Denmark now, Roboe. Scary days. :hug:
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Germany: Braunschweig parade halted over terror alert



A carnival parade has been called off at short notice in Braunschweig, northern Germany, due to the threat of an Islamist attack, police said.



A "specific threat of an Islamist attack" was identified by state security sources, they said in a statement. ...



The parade - a well-known regional attraction - was cancelled only 90 minutes before it was due to start. ...



Braunschweig's Carnival parade reportedly draws around 250,000 visitors each year. More than 4,000 participants in fancy dress march down a 6km (four-mile) route through the city. ...



The cancellation comes hours after Danish police shot dead a man they believe was behind two deadly attacks earlier in Copenhagen, though one German police chief was quoted as saying there was no link.






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Danish Official: Gunman Who Killed Two People Was Inspired by Radical Islam



After a massive manhunt involving “all the country’s police forces,” Danish officials say they shot dead the man who killed two civilians and wounded five police offices in separate attacks on a freedom of speech event and a synagogue. The targeting of an event that featured Lars Vilks, a controversial cartoonist who has faced numerous threats for depicting the Prophet Mohammed raised fears of a Charlie Hebdo sequel in Copenhagen.

"As a nation, we have experienced a series of hours we will never forget," Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said Sunday. "We have tasted the ugly taste of fear and powerlessness that terror would like to create. But we have also, as a society, answered back."

Both killings have been characterized as terror attacks and Jens Madsen, the head of the Danish intelligence agency, says investigators believe the gunman was inspired by Islamic radicalism, reports the Associated Press. The attacker was known to security forces, Madsen said, without going into detail. The Danish intelligence agency “is working on a theory that the perpetrator could have been inspired by the events in Paris. He could also have been inspired by material sent out by and others," he added.






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Copenhagen gunman 'had violent past'



Copenhagen gunman identified as Danish-born man, 22, known to police because of violence and gang-related activity



This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.






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Police raid internet cafe in major Copenhagen operation: Media



Copenhagen: Armed Danish police on Sunday raided an Internet cafe in a major operation in Copenhagen near the spot where officers killed the suspected gunman behind fatal shootings, local media said.











TV2, which reported from the scene, showed footage of armed officers in dark uniforms outside the Internet cafe and said at least two people had been taken away by police.



"It's part of our investigation," a police official told broadcaster DR.



The swoop came hours after police told reporters they were carrying out searches in several parts of the Danish capital.






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What's going to be interesting is to find out where he went and what he did in the time around the attack on the synagogue. The timeline suggests he left his apartment at around 5 pm, so that's 8 hours where people were on the lookout for him, and after the attack it still took him 3½ hours to return.



Since he has gang connections, I wonder if the police will be knocking on some doors in the next couple of days.

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Copenhagen shootings: Danish police charge two with aiding gunman





Danish police say they have charged two people with aiding the man suspected of shooting dead two people in attacks on a synagogue and an event promoting free speech in Copenhagen. ...



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



Police had no further comment on the two men, who were detained on Sunday.



"They are not charged with terrorism but they are charged with having helped the perpetrator get rid of a weapon and giving him a hiding place," the lawyer of one of the men, Michael Juul Eriksen, told AFP.






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Danish Prime Minister Says Gunman Probably Wasn’t Part of Cell



(Bloomberg) -- Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said the gunman who attacked a free-speech event and a synagogue in Copenhagen over the weekend probably wasn’t part of an organized cell. ...



According to Danish media, the killer was Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein. His parents are from Palestine and also lived in Jordan before coming to Denmark, broadcaster TV2 reported.



El-Hussein was described by classmates as a loner with a hot temper and anger toward Israel and Jews, according to newspaper Politiken. ...



According to a pre-trial assessment, El-Hussein wasn’t found to be insane, TV2 said. During the proceedings, he blamed the knifing episode on his being under the influence of cannabis, Jyllands-Posten newspaper reported.



Failing to get into university, El-Hussein trained as a kick-boxer and was involved in gang-related activity and altercations in Copenhagen’s ethnically diverse Noerrebro neighborhood, where his life ended on Sunday. Politiken reported that he briefly joined a gang before being rejected.







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Omar El-Hussein: Copenhagen criminal to prison radical ...



But things took a much more serious turn in November 2013 when El-Hussein stabbed a 19-year-old man on a subway train. He evaded capture but was arrested by chance two months later in connection with a burglary, the Politiken newspaper reported (in Danish).



He escaped an attempted murder charge, convicted instead of grievous bodily harm and sentenced to two years in prison.



It was there, it seems, that El-Hussein lurched towards the radicalised youth that police suspect murdered two people on Saturday. ...



Michael Gjorup, head of the country's prison and probation service, told Danish media that authorities were concerned enough about changes in his behaviour in prison to notify Danish intelligence.



The head of Danish intelligence, Jens Madsen, acknowledged on Sunday that El-Hussein had been "on the radar" of his services.



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Fanatical YOUNG PEOPLE, of whatever persuasion, are dangerous.
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British Teen Convicted of Terrorist Plan to Behead Soldier





LONDON — A teenage British convert to Islam who said he wanted to decapitate a soldier has been convicted of terrorism.



A jury at London's Central Criminal Court found 19-year-old Brusthom Ziamani guilty Thursday of preparing an act of terrorism.

Prosecutors said Ziamani was inspired by the two Islamic extremists who murdered soldier Lee Rigby in a London street in 2013.



They said he researched the location of army cadet bases in London and told his girlfriend he planned to "kill soldiers" before he was arrested in August with a 12-inch (30-centimeter) knife and a hammer in his backpack.



Ziamani also posted comments on Facebook saying he was "willing to die in the cause of Allah" and calling for Islamic Sharia law.






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France police arrest man 'planning to attack churches'



French police have arrested a man suspected of planning an attack on "one or two churches" in a Paris suburb, the country's interior minister has said.



The man, a 24-year-old Algerian national, was detained on Sunday in Paris after he apparently shot himself by accident and called an ambulance.



He is also being questioned over the murder of a woman on Sunday. ...



The man was known to security services as having expressed a wish to travel to Syria, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.



When police arrived at the scene on Sunday, they followed a trail of blood to the suspect's car, where they found weapons and notes on potential targets.



The documents established "beyond doubt that the individual was planning an imminent attack, probably on one or two churches," said Mr Cazeneuve.






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Paris police arrest man planning attacks on church service after he shot himself







An Islamic extremist known to the French authorities was on his way to carry out an attack on a church in Paris, having murdered a fitness instructor that morning - but was prevented only because he shot himself.







The 24-year old French Algerian, named by French press as Sid Ahmed Ghlam, was found on Sunday morning bleeding in the leg. He said he'd been involved in "a settling of scores". But when police traced the blood back to his car, they found a serious arsenal of loaded guns and detailed plans to attack a Sunday morning congregation.







A Kalashnikov, hand gun, bullet proof vest, ammunition and a beacon were discovered in the car. From hospital, Ghlam confirmed the car and weapons were his. ...





But on Wednesday morning, before Mr Cazeneuve spoke, Ghlam's sister was arrested in the town of Saint-Dizier, near Nancy.



She was living in a tough district of the town, and French media said she too was a "known radical". Ghlam's girlfriend has also been held for questioning. ...



He was arrested in Paris's 13th arrondissement, in the centre of the city not far from Notre Dame, after he called an ambulance. He was waiting outside for first aid when police arrived at the scene.



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Italy: Al-Qaeda cell planned suicide attack on Vatican





ROME — Italian police busted an al-Qaeda-linked terror ring that planned, but never carried out, an attack on the Vatican five years ago and is believed to have been involved in a bombing in Pakistan that killed more than 100 people, authorities said Friday.



Raids were carried out simultaneously in seven different Italian provinces with arrest warrants for 18 suspected Islamic extremists following a lengthy investigation in Cagliari, capital of the Italian island Sardinia.



Authorities uncovered plans for a suicide bomber plot against the Vatican in 2010, when Pope Benedict XVI was pontiff. Evidence includes a "martyr's vow" from a would-be suicide bomber threatening to strike against the Vatican, the spiritual focal point for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.



Mario Carta, an official from the counter-terror police force that carried out the raids, called it "one of the most important operations ever carried out in Italy." Police said the operation targeted an "extremely well-structured terror network" based in Sardinia since at least 2005 that was made up of Pakistani and Afghan nationals. ...



Nine people have been arrested, and two are still at large in Italy. Seven of the suspects are believed to be in Pakistan, Carta said.






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German police foil planned Islamist attack near Frankfurt





(Reuters) - Police in southern Germany have thwarted a planned Islamist attack after detaining a married couple with suspected links to Salafist militants, the interior minister of the state of Hesse said on Thursday.



"Investigations by the police indicate that we have been able to prevent a terrorist attack," Peter Beuth, the interior minister of Hesse, told reporters. "This incident shows that must all remain very alert." ...



Die Welt identified the couple by their first names and initial - Halil and Senay D. The newspaper's website said Halil had links to the Salafist scene in Frankfurt and the al Qaeda network. It did not identify the source for its report.



The newspaper said police found explosives, material for making bombs, an assault rifle and ammunition at their home, though the interior minister did not confirm these details.



Police began surveillance after the couple bought large quantities of chemicals that could be used to make home-made bombs and started using false names, Die Welt said.






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The official didn't provide details about the alleged plot, but German media are reporting that a man and a woman were arrested on suspicion of planning a bomb attack on a bicycle road race that is slated to run near Frankfurt on Friday.



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I'm glad they stopped them in time.
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BBC says:



Local media report that one of the suspects had been seen close to the site of a bike race that is due to take place on Friday and that this may have triggered the anti-terror raid.



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6 arrested in Ireland for suspected terror offenses



LONDON (AP) — Two bombs described as viable have been found in Ireland and six men have been arrested for suspected terrorist offenses ahead of a planned visit by Britain's Prince Charles.

Irish police said Thursday there is no evidence of a plot directed against Charles, who plans to visit the site where his great-uncle Louis Mountbatten was assassinated by the IRA in 1979.

Police say two improvised explosive devices were found and disarmed Wednesday near Leitrim and other bomb-making equipment was found elsewhere as 20 searches were conducted. A further cache of explosives was disarmed early Thursday.

Police say six men are in custody for questioning about the discoveries.






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The Guardianhttp://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/11/k ... voirKosovo cuts Pristina water supply over alleged Isis plot to poison reservoir Kosovo authorities say they have cut off the water supply to tens of thousands of people in the capital after police arrested five suspects linked to Islamic State who were allegedly planning to poison a reservoir.Pristina’s water authority said the water supply was shut off early on Saturday “because of security issues”, and that samples were being tested for suspicious substances.Police say officers patrolling the Badovac reservoir saw three of the men, whose identities have not been revealed, behaving suspiciously. The reservoir supplies almost half of Pristina, a city of more than 200,000 people. Another two suspects were arrested elsewhere in Kosovo. ...A police source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that two of the suspects had been arrested last year on suspicion of traveling to Syria.Police have been on alert in recent weeks after Kosovo-born volunteers appeared on Isis propaganda videos warning of imminent attacks against various targets, including water supplies.
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New York Timeshttp://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/23/world/europe ... .htmlItaly Arrests 2 Men Accused of Planning Terrorist Attacks ROME — The Italian police on Wednesday arrested two men accused of plotting attacks on national landmarks in Italy and of posting threatening messages online in support of the Islamic State.One photograph identified by the police as evidence showed Milan’s central train station with a caption that said: “Islamic State in Rome. We are on your streets.”The two men, a 35-year-old Tunisian and a 26-year-old Pakistani, lived near Brescia, in the Lombardy region. Prosecutors said the men had also set their sights on a military base near Brescia as a potential target and had expressed a desire to travel to the territory controlled by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, to receive military training.“They spoke of many potential targets,” but the two were arrested before moving “into an active phase,” a Milan prosecutor, Maurizio Romanelli, said at a news conference on Wednesday.
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Associated Presshttps://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/ita ... story.html Prosecutors: Suspects targeted Italian base with US presenceMILAN — Two terror suspects arrested Wednesday who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group had among their targets an Italian military base near the northern city of Brescia that has a U.S. military presence, prosecutors said. ...Among the targets are the Ghedi air base, which hosts a U.S. munitions support group with just over 100 personnel, as well as Milan’s Duomo cathedral and Rome’s Colosseum. ...Officials said the two suspects were making plans to travel to territory held by IS for military training while at the same time gathering information from the Internet on how to participate in a holy war. That included downloading a manual called “How to Survive in the West,” a 2015 guide for mujahedeen that includes chapters on primitive weapons and bomb making, how to escape after carrying out an attack and how to avoid detection as an extremist. ...The suspects were arrested in Brescia on suspicion of terror association and subversion, and searches were being carried out throughout the Lombardy region. Both were long-time residents in Italy with families, and communicated with each other in Italian.
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