Denmark Holds Two After Copenhagen Attacks

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from The Wall Street Journal,

Police believe suspects helped gunman responsible for weekend killings.

A Danish court on Monday ordered two men suspected of helping a gunman behind deadly twin attacks be held in jail, as local media painted a picture of the attacker as a convicted criminal recently drawn to Islamic radicalism.

The 14-hour weekend rampage, described as an act of terrorism by Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, has roiled normally placid Copenhagen, where flags flew at half-staff as the country prepared to hold memorials for the two victims.

The judge ordered the suspected accomplices be held for 10 days for allegedly helping the gunman dodge authorities and get rid of an automatic rifle believed to have been used the attack. The suspect was killed by authorities on Sunday night following a nationwide manhunt.

The prosecutor had asked for four weeks in solitary confinement to give police more time to investigate their connection. Prosecutors now have 10 days to present formal charges or new evidence to convince the court to hold them longer.

The gunman sprayed dozens of bullets through the windows of the central Copenhagen Krudttonden cafe, where Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks —who has faced death threats for depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a dog—was among those in attendance.

Mr. Vilks was unharmed, but a 55-year-old man, identified as a filmmaker by local media, died in that attack and three police officers were injured. Hours later, the same gunman killed a 37-year-old member of a synagogue and wounded two police officers in a second attack outside a girl’s bat mitzvah celebration in central Copenhagen.

The spree came just over a month after three days of violence in Paris, in which two gunmen opened fire at Charlie Hebdo magazine, which had published satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, and another gunman assaulted a kosher grocery store.

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