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Man stabbed to death in Danish asylum centre

North Zealand Police said on Monday that a man who was found dead at Center Sandholm on Sunday had been killed in an apparent stabbing.

Man stabbed to death in Danish asylum centre
Center Sandholm. Photo: Mariam Nielsen/Røde Kors
“The man was stabbed several times with a knife and the North Zealand Police are investigating it as a murder case,” a police press release said.
 
Police said that the stabbing appeared to be the result of some sort of disagreement between residents at the Center Sandholm. 
 
Police said a 34-year-old man who until recently lived at the centre was a person of interest. 
 
“We've started the investigation and there is nothing in the case that should give rise to insecurity to the neighbours of Center Sandholm,” Commissioner Henrik Gunst said.
 
Located some 30km north of downtown Copenhagen, Center Sandholm is Denmark’s largest asylum centre and currently has nearly 400 residents. 
 

Police did not release any information about the victim's nationality nor that of the 34-year-old man.
 
The centre is operated by the Red Cross, which reported the man’s death to police on Sunday. 
 
Police classified the death as ’suspicious’ on Sunday afternoon before confirming the cause of death on Monday. 
 

In September 2015, a stateless Palestinian who was due to be expelled from Denmark was arrested for trying to kill a Danish police officer in a stabbing attack at Center Sandholm.

 

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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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