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Woman shot dead in Copenhagen square

A 28-year-woman was shot multiple times and killed in a square in a suburb of Copenhagen on Thursday afternoon.

Police rushed to the scene after receiving reports of a shooting in the south-western Hvidovre suburb shortly after midday, newspaper Ekstra Bladet reported. 

"She was shot several times, but we don't know exactly how many," police spokesman Carsten Jansson told the newspaper. "She had a number of gunshot wounds to her chest." 

By the time police arrived, passers-by were attempting to resuscitate the woman. She was pronounced dead at 12.30pm.

Police suspect the woman was killed by her ex-husband. After releasing his identity and asking the public for leads, they were able to arrest the man.

The 33-year-old suspect was arrested on the Amager Motorvej shortly after 4pm. 

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Copenhagen police lift stop-and-search zone

Police in Copenhagen have announced that stop and search zones put in place following a spate of knife violence in the Danish capital will now be lifted, after no further incidents occurred in the last week.

Copenhagen police lift stop-and-search zone

The stop and search zones (also called “visitation zones”), which were in effect in parts of the Nørrebro and Nordvest neighbourhoods, will not be continued and will expire on Thursday, police confirmed.

Recent weeks have not seen any further incidents, police stated, in reference to a spate of violence that flared in the area at the end of 2022.

When the zones are in effect, police within the zone can stop people and check their possessions without meeting the usual requirements to do so.

The stop-and-search zone was put in place on December 29th in response to five stabbings within a week in Copenhagen. It was extended on January 5th.

At the time, police said they believed several of the stabbings were between young men associated with criminal circles, but that there had been no sign of a conflict between established crime groups.

In Thursday’s tweet, police said that investigations into the incidents were “progressing”. No arrests have yet been made.

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