Copenhagen Attacks: Cops Charge Pair With Helping Gunman

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Danish officials have charged two people with helping the gunman believed to be responsible for killing two and injuring five in attacks at a freedom of speech event and at a synagogue in Copenhagen over the weekend, police said on Monday.

A lawyer for one of the two confirmed to NBC News that the gunman was identified in court as Omar Abdel El-Hussein. Police have said the gunman was a 22-year-old Danish man, but they have not confirmed the identity.

The two alleged accomplices have also not been identified. A lawyer for one of them said his client was accused of helping the perpetrator hide a gun after the shootings.

"My client has pleaded not guilty and accepted to give testimony to the prosecutor," lawyer Michael Juul Eriksen told NBC News.

The two men, who were arrested Sunday, were ordered by a judge to be held in custody for 10 days following a court hearing Monday.

The suspected shooter was known to authorities because of past criminal acts involving "violations of the Arms Act and violence," according to a statement from the Copenhagen Police. The suspect was shot and killed by police after opening fire on officers who were investigating the two attacks, according to the statement.

Meanwhile, Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said there was "no indication" the suspect was part of a wider terror cell but added: "We will evaluate our fight against radicalization ... we are already doing a lot."


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Reuters contributed to this report.