Danish police arrest two over gang-linked murder

Police in Copenhagen have arrested two suspects in connection with a fatal gang-linked shooting in the Mjølnerparken neighbourhood earlier this month.

Danish police arrest two over gang-linked murder
A police cordon at Mjølnerparken on November 9th. File photo: Kenneth Meyer/Polfoto/Ritzau

The two men will attend a preliminary detention hearing on Tuesday, Copenhagen Police confirmed on Twitter.

Both men are connected to Copenhagen’s organised crime gangs. Two other men have also been detained in connection with the shooting, according to a report by newspaper Politiken.

The murder was an apparent culmination of an ongoing conflict between rival groups based around the Nørrebro neighbourhood in the Danish capital.

A ceasefire was announced last week after the fathers of rival gang members ostensibly intervened to negotiate a cessation of hostilities.

22-year-old Ghassan Ali Hussein was killed and a 19-year-old man suffered minor injuries on November 9th when two men rode a moped into a parking lot near the Mjølnerparken park and fired shots at a car.

Fathers of individuals connected to the gangs subsequently worked with local mosques to secure a truce between the conflicting groups, writes Politiken.

The two groups, known as ‘Loyal to Familia’ and ‘Brothas’, represent gangs connected to the Blågårds Plads and Mjølnerparken areas of Nørrebro respectively, reports the newspaper.

The ceasefire is reported to be in place until mid-December.

Violence connected to the conflict between the gangs has plagued Copenhagen since the beginning of the summer, with several gang-linked injuries, as well as innocent passers-by, injured in shootings numbering into the high twenties.

Over 50 people have been detained as part of the police response to the gang shootings, which has included extra patrols and the implementation of stop-and-search zones in designated areas of the city. 

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Domestic helper suspected of stealing valuables and cash from older adults in Copenhagen

A 31-year-old female domestic helper is suspected of having stolen cash and jewellery from elderly citizens and withdrawn money from their Dankorts in the amount of over 50,000 kroner.

Domestic helper suspected of stealing valuables and cash from older adults in Copenhagen

The woman was arrested on Saturday and charged with theft and information fraud. There are ten victims in the case.

The police suspect the woman of having stolen from citizens whose homes she has visited as part of her work as a domestic worker in various places in Copenhagen.

“She has worked as a domestic helper and has been in people’s homes as an employee,” Bjarke Dalsgaard, deputy police inspector at Copenhagen police, said.

According to the police, the woman has stolen jewellery and cash on ten occasions. In addition, she has stolen debit cards in four cases and withdrawn money using them. The money that has been withdrawn alone adds up to a value of 52,000 kroner.

Copenhagen police received the first report of theft in the case at the beginning of 2022.

According to the police, the 31-year-old domestic helper admitted to one instance of crime (the theft of around 400 kroner) but pleaded not guilty regarding the remaining 13.