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Denmark holds vigils to honour shooting victims

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Candles have been lit across Denmark at evening vigils to honour the victims of two deadly shooting attacks in the capital at the weekend.

A gunman opened fire on a cafe hosting a free speech debate on Saturday, killing one person.

He then attacked a synagogue on Sunday, shooting dead a guard – before he was killed in a shootout with police.

Danish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, attended the main vigil in Copenhagen.

Addressing the crowd, she said: “We have received expressions of sympathy and support from leaders and people around the world. It has warmed my heart, and all Danes deeply. We feel that we are not alone.”

Danish police have not publicly identified the gunman, but he has been widely named by Danish media as 22-year-old Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein.

A source close to the Danish investigation said El-Hussein was released from prison just two weeks ago and might have become radicalised there, AP reported.

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