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Danish father killed his four kids and wife before committing suicide: police

The investigation into six dead bodies found in a house in the village of Ulstrup on Monday has pointed to a likely murder-suicide, police said on Tuesday night.

Danish father killed his four kids and wife before committing suicide: police
A flag flies at half mast in the Ulstrup neighbourhood where the family tragedy took place. Photo: Henning Bagger/Scanpix
East Jutland Police wrote in a press release that investigators believe a 45-year-old man murdered his wife and four children before killing himself. 
 
The victims were the man’s two sons, aged 3 and 11, two daughters, aged 6 and 16, and his 42-year-old wife. 
 
“Based on the information available in the case, it is the police's initial assessment that the four children and the 42-year-old woman were all killed by the 45-year-old man, who then took his own life,” police wrote. 
 
The police update ruled out previous media speculation that the six deaths were the result of a gas leak. 
 
“There is nothing at present indicates that gas was the cause of the deaths,” police added. 
 
Favrskov Municipality officials said that its crisis teams would once again be on hand at the victims’ school and daycare institution. 
 
“We are deeply affected by what happened and we send our condolences to those affected. Tomorrow [Wednesday, ed.] we will stand by ready at the daycare and school with care and support for [the victims’] friends,” the municipality wrote on its website. 
 
A torchlight procession in support of the family will be held on Thursday evening in Ulstrup, which is located about 20km southwest of Randers in central Jutland. 

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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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