Seven arrested after escalation in Copenhagen gang violence

Copenhagen Police arrested seven people in a coordinated action on Sunday, in reaction to an escalation in gang violence in the city.

Seven arrested after escalation in Copenhagen gang violence
The scene of a shooting in Nørrebro on September 19th. Photo: Bax Lindhardt/Ritzau Scanpix

The seven people who were arrested Sunday are suspected of being involved in a violent assault connected to a new gang conflict. The conflict was also cited as being behind shootings in the Nørrebro area last week. The seven were remanded in custody for 24 days following preliminary court proceedings on Monday.

The assault took place in a hairdresser’s salon in Nørrebro on September 16th, according to Ekstra Bladet’s report of the court hearing.

The victim was punched and kicked and blunt and sharp weapons were also used in the incident, according to the report.

All seven suspects denied the charges.

Police have previously stated shooting incidents in Copenhagen last week were connected to an internal split within an organised crime gang.

The group in question is known as ‘Brothas’ and is linked to the Mjølnerparken housing area in Nørrebro, Ritzau reports.

A further shooting occurred on Saturday in Ishøj to the southwest of Copenhagen, in which shots were fired at a group of people. Nobody was hurt.

On Friday, three people including two passers-by were injured by shots fired on the Meinungsgade street in Nørrebro.

Those incidents followed two other shootings earlier last week, which resulted in one injury.

Police in parts of Copenhagen as well as in Ishøj have since put in place stop-and-search zones. The ordinance zones allow police to stop anyone within a predetermined area and search them for weapons without having probable cause.

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Two arrested over suspected murder of reformed Copenhagen gang leader

Two men aged 24 and 25 have been arrested on suspicion of the murder and conspiracy to murder of Nedim Yasar, a reformed gang leader who latterly worked as a radio host and community mentor.

Two arrested over suspected murder of reformed Copenhagen gang leader
A picture of Nedim Yasar is held at his funeral on November 24th. Photo: Nikolai Linares/Ritzau Scanpix

Copenhagen Police announced the arrests via a press statement on Thursday.

Yasar, who left a Copenhagen-based criminal gang in 2012, worked on Radio24syv’s programme ‘Politiradio’ and as a mentor for young people and was about to release his memoir ‘Rødder’ (Roots).

He was shot on the evening of November 19th on the Hejrevej road in the Nordvest neighbourhood of Copenhagen after leaving a launch event for the book, which was published the following day – the same day Yasar’s death from his injuries was confirmed by police.

The book details Yasar’s past as a gang member and his experiences leaving criminal life with the help of an exit programme run by authorities.

Police confirmed that investigation of motives behind the crime was ongoing.

No further information was released on whether Yasar knew either or both of the arrested men.

The two suspects will appear at preliminary court proceedings on Friday with the prosecution requesting they be remanded in custody.