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Danish submarine killer arrested after failed prison escape

The Danish man sentenced to life in jail for the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall aboard his homemade submarine was surrounded by police on Tuesday after a failed prison escape bid, police said.

Danish submarine killer arrested after failed prison escape
Danish police in Albertslund after an attempted prison escape on October 20th. Photo: Nils Meilvang/Ritzau Scanpix

“Peter Madsen tried to escape,” a Copenhagen police official told AFP.

Police confirmed on Twitter that Madsen had been “arrested and removed from the scene” after being surrounded by police officers, with unconfirmed reports he had threatened them with an explosive device.

Danish tabloid BT reported Madsen had taken a hostage and threatened prison staff with a pistol-like object to force his way out of the facility.

It quoted witnesses who said he managed to drive away in a white van before police stopped him.

Photos from the scene showed Madsen sitting on the grass by a leafy wall next to a road a few hundreds metres from the prison, with two police officers lying prone on the ground pointing their weapons at him.

Madsen, a 49-year-old submarine enthusiast, was convicted in April 2018 of murdering journalist Kim Wall as she interviewed him on board his submarine in August 2017.

In a documentary that aired in September, he confessed for the first time to the killing, after having insisted during the trial that her death was an accident.

“There is only one who is guilty, and that is me,” Madsen said in the documentary.

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7-Eleven stores slowly reopen in Denmark after hack

7-Eleven said on Tuesday its stores in Denmark were slowly reopening after a hacker attack knocked out cash tills in locations across the country. 

7-Eleven stores slowly reopen in Denmark after hack

“Yesterday, we were the victims of a computer hack. We resumed operations in some stores overnight,” 7-Eleven said. 

“We expect to open more during the day,” it added in its statement Tuesday. 

The sudden outage occurred on Monday, a first for the US convenience store chain in Denmark, where it operates 175 stores. 

It did not say who might have been behind the attack.

Five stores were so far open again, which were for now only receiving payments in cash or via a mobile phone application.  

Based in Irving, Texas, 7-Eleven has than 77,000 stores worldwide which it operates either directly or under licence.

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