Danish PM: Copenhagen Shooter Not Part of Wider Cell

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Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, center, and Rabbi Bent Lexner, right, speak to the media outside a synagogue where an attack took place in Copenhagen, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015.Credit: AP

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt says there are no signs that the slain gunman behind shooting attacks that killed two people in Copenhagen was part of a wider terror cell.

However, she says the choice of targets — a free speech event and a synagogue — suggests the attacks were acts of terrorism.

She underlined that "this is not a conflict between Islam and the West ... this is a conflict between the core values of our society and violent extremists."

Earlier on Monday, Danish police said they had charged two people who they detained a day earlier with aiding the man suspected of shooting dead two people in the two attacks in the Danish capital at the weekend.

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

The police had no further comment.

Also Monday, a Danish newspaper reported that the gunman pretended to be drunk when he approached the synagogue.

The Politiken newspaper said the shooter had stumbled around on the narrow street that runs in front of the synagogue early Sunday before shooting Dan Uzan in the head and wounding two police officers. Uzan, 37, was in charge of checking visitors at a Bat Mitzvah.

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