Shootings in Aarhus mar holiday weekend as gang violence escalates

No injuries were reported during the latest shooting in Aarhus’ western neighbourhood of Brabrand, the latest in in a series of gang-related incidents over the public holiday weekend.

Shootings in Aarhus mar holiday weekend as gang violence escalates
The City Vest shopping centre in Brabrand, Aarhus. File photo: Chran/Wikimedia Commons

The neighbourhood, which has been plagued by organised crime-related violence in recent weeks, was subjected to its latest shooting incident Monday, reports news agency Ritzau.

Several shots were fired in the parking lot of the City Vest shopping centre at around 1:30am Monday, according to an East Jutland Police report.

The individuals that who fired the shots were no longer at the scene when police arrived, but examination of the area showed two cars to have been hit by bullets, says the report.

East Jutland Police have made as many as 100 arrests in recent weeks in an attempt to quell a simmering gang-related conflict in the neighbourhood, reports Ritzau.

The conflict is reportedly linked to attempts by Copenhagen-based gang ‘Loyal to Familia’ to establish itself in the Jutland town.

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Police in Aarhus arrested six people connected to organised crime Saturday – but this was not enough to stop shootings.

At around 8pm Saturday, police received reports of two groups exchanging fire near the Bispehavevej area.

Two men were subsequently arrested and charged with aggravated assault and attempted murder, and were remanded in custody for four weeks. Police have since arrested a 25-year-old man, who attended preliminary hearings Monday.

This was not the last of the weekend’s violence.

After two of the six individuals arrested on Saturday were released at around 1am Sunday, they were run down by a car on a road close to the police station. Both were injured in the incident, with one of the two suffering a broken leg, reports Ritzau. 

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Danish convenience stores closed by suspected cyber attack

The convenience store chain 7-eleven has closed all of its outlets across Denmark on Monday after being hit by a suspected cyber attack.

Danish convenience stores closed by suspected cyber attack

A suspected cyber attack on 7-eleven stores, ubiquitous in large towns and at rail stations across Denmark, means that “we cannot use cash registers and/or receive payments,” the company wrote on its Facebook page.

“We are therefore closed until we know the extent [of the attack]. We hope to be able to open stores again soon,” it wrote.

There are 176 7-eleven stores in total in Denmark.

The company’s CEO, Jesper Østergaard, told broadcaster DR that cash registers “suddenly” began to malfunction in stores.

“This has never happened before and we’re working hard to find out what exactly has happened,” he said.

“There is currently no timescale so we are keeping all of our stores closed. We will decide later what to do next,” he told the broadcaster around midday on Monday.

All stores in the country are affected with some placing paper signs in their windows to inform customers of the closure, according to reports.