As Henrik of Europe News noted in the comments section of last night’s post, a Palestinian-Dane has been arrested in connection with the shooting of two Israelis in Odense. Henrik said that (based on television reports) the suspect went home and celebrated with his family and friends before turning himself in.
According to TV2 News (my translation):
Danish Palestinian jailed
A 27-year-old Danish Palestinian denies attempting to kill two young Israeli men, but he has been remanded in custody for four weeks. However, the 27-year-old acknowledges that he had a gun.
The violent events in Gaza are probably why the two young Israeli men were shot down in Rosengårdcentret in Odense.
This can be deduced from a preliminary interrogation this evening, where a 27-year-old man held in custody — who was born in Lebanon — was brought in.
Prosecutor Bo Hjeds asked for a closed-door session in consideration of Denmark’s relations with foreign powers — including Israel. And he justified the demand with respect for the victims’ safety, since he believed that a case that was open to the public could hamper police investigative work.
The arrested man is a Danish citizen with Palestinian roots. Police accuse him of attempting to kill the two Israeli men who were wounded in the arm and the leg, but he denies guilt, it became apparent before the judge acceded to the prosecution’s desire for a closed-door session.
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The 27-year-old acknowledges that he is guilty of possessing a gun.
The arrested man turned himself into himself to police this morning at 5:20, explains Chief Police Inspector John Jacobsen of the Fyns Police.
He owns the black Audi which witnesses saw the perpetrator flee in after the shooting that happened yesterday.
Suddenly opened fire
The two Israelis were selling hair-care products in the shopping center when a man suddenly came towards them and opened fire. Both victims are in their 20s. One was hit in the arm by a bullet, which continued through his arm and splintered the bone. The second was wounded by a shot in the leg. Both were still hospitalized as of Thursday afternoon.
Attacks on Israeli nationals attract much attention these days, as the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians has intensified with the bombardment of Gaza.
Chief Police Inspector John Jacobsen says that the Police Intelligence Service [PET] is watching the case.
“They do this whenever this sort of thing happens. PET assess for themselves what information they require, and have access to our daily reports,” says John Jacobsen.
As of Thursday, Police Intelligence has chosen to remain silent. But PET confirms that it is aware of the case.
“For what is happening in the world”
He cannot say anything yet about a possible motive, but keep all possibilities, including a political one, open.
“We know what is happening in the world, but we ourselves have not settled on a motive yet. We are investigating all the leads we have,” says John Jacobsen.
He refused to disclose how many shots were fired by the weapon that the police took from the suspect, or whether more people participated in the attack.
Hat tip: Steen.