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Copenhagen taxi driver beaten to death

Two Copenhagen taxi drivers were violently attacked in a span of two nights, leaving a 65-year-old man dead.

Copenhagen taxi driver beaten to death
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A 65-year-old taxi driver was beaten with an unknown object shortly after midnight on Friday by two men who ordered a taxi in the Brønshøj area. The victim was taken to Copenhagen’s Rigshospital but died from his injuries at 3.30 am on Saturday, police announced. 
 
According to police, when the driver arrived to pick up his customers he stepped out of his vehicle to attach a bicycle rack to accommodate one of the men’s bike. When he exited the car, he was struck with the object and then robbed. 
 
Police said the suspects were described as being “men of Middle Eastern appearance, 25-30 years old, unknown height, short dark hair and wearing dark clothing”. 
 
On Friday evening, Copenhagen Police arrested three men aged 17, 19 and 26 suspected of being connected to the case. They were due to make an initial court appearance on Saturday.
 
In a separate incident that occurred in the early Saturday morning hours, a 39-year-old taxi driver was stabbed, punched and kicked by two assailants in the city centre. 
 

“Around 1am on Saturday, a stabbing of a taxi driver occurred. He was stabbed several times in numerous places and was taken in for treatment. Two have been arrested,” police spokesman Gunnar Nørager told Ritzau.
 
Two men, aged 26 and 27, were arrested and the driver in that attack is in stable condition. 

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Danish 7-Eleven stores back on grid after ransomware attack

Almost all of 7-Eleven’s 176 Denmark locations are back up and running with the help of a backup system, the company said on Thursday. 

Danish 7-Eleven stores back on grid after ransomware attack

In an email to news wire Ritzau, 7-eleven said that over 96 percent of its convenience stores across Denmark were now in “stable operation”. That corresponds to around 169 stores.

“We have technicians at the remaining stores who are working hard to get them up and running as soon as possible,” the company said in the email.

However, convenience stores at train stations (where you can buy a transport card) were only accepting Dankort (debit card) payments as of Wednesday evening.

All operational stores outside of train stations currently accept Mobile Pay (app) and cash payments, and many can take Visa, Mastercard, and Dankort. 

“We expect that all stores outside of train stations can accept all Visa, Mastercard, and Dankort during the course of tomorrow morning, and all stores at train stations [will be able to] during the course of the week,” the company wrote late on Wednesday.

The convenience store chain was on Monday hit by a cyber attack that forced all of its 176 stores in Denmark to close.

7-Eleven has confirmed that the outage was due to a ransomware attack — hackers demanded money to return access to the company’s data and systems. 

The attack has been reported to police.

The company’s CEO, Jesper Østergaard, told Ritzau he did not know the extent of losses suffered by 7-Eleven as a result of the incident.

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