Man arrested over double killing of Swedes in Copenhagen: report

A 21-year-old man has been arrested in Aarhus in connection with a shooting near Copenhagen earlier this week, in which two Swedish men were killed, according to a Danish newspaper.

Man arrested over double killing of Swedes in Copenhagen: report
The scene of the shooting in Herlev in greater Copenhagen on Tuesday. Photo: Mathias Øgendal / Ritzau Scanpix

A dramatic operation involving armed officers outside an apartment building in the Bispehaven area in Aarhus, Denmark’s second city, led to a man being escorted to a preliminary hearing at Glostrup District Court, daily Ekstra Bladet reports.

Glostrup is close to Copenhagen and the location of the shooting, which took place on Tuesday. A 21-year-old and a 23-year-old, both from Sweden, were killed.

READ ALSO: Two Swedes killed in gang-linked Copenhagen shooting identified

Police declined to comment on the arrest in Aarhus or confirm its connection to the shooting, however.

The preliminary hearing was conducted behind ‘double closed doors’, according to the newspaper’s reporter at the court.

That means no information relating to potential charges will be made public following the hearing.

But the Danish prosecution authority confirmed that step had been taken due to the case “relating to organised gang crime with connections abroad,” Ekstra Bladet writes.

A Swedish interpreter was present at the court.

Swedish daily Expressen has previously reported that the 23-year-old victim was a leading member of a gang known as ‘Snottaz’ from the Rinkeby neighbourhood in Stockholm. The other man was from Tensta, also near the Swedish capital, according to the newspaper.

Copenhagen West Police confirmed on Thursday that they were coordinating with Swedish law enforcement in the investigation of the crime.

The shooting took place on the Sennepshaven road in Herlev, around 12 kilometres northwest of central Copenhagen.

The victims' vehicle was hit by shots at least ten times and both pistols and automatic weapons were probably used, Ritzau reported earlier this week.

READ ALSO: Swedish gang member shot dead in Copenhagen

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Copenhagen police lift stop-and-search zone

Police in Copenhagen have announced that stop and search zones put in place following a spate of knife violence in the Danish capital will now be lifted, after no further incidents occurred in the last week.

Copenhagen police lift stop-and-search zone

The stop and search zones (also called “visitation zones”), which were in effect in parts of the Nørrebro and Nordvest neighbourhoods, will not be continued and will expire on Thursday, police confirmed.

Recent weeks have not seen any further incidents, police stated, in reference to a spate of violence that flared in the area at the end of 2022.

When the zones are in effect, police within the zone can stop people and check their possessions without meeting the usual requirements to do so.

The stop-and-search zone was put in place on December 29th in response to five stabbings within a week in Copenhagen. It was extended on January 5th.

At the time, police said they believed several of the stabbings were between young men associated with criminal circles, but that there had been no sign of a conflict between established crime groups.

In Thursday’s tweet, police said that investigations into the incidents were “progressing”. No arrests have yet been made.