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Hundreds of mourners attend funeral of Danish gunman

Hundreds of men attended the funeral the of 22-year-old Danish Muslim gunman who killed two people and wounded five others at a free speech event and outside a synagogue in Copenhagen last week.

Mourners surround Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein's body. Credit: Reuters

Danish police said the funeral was "a private ceremony" and would not comment on local media reports that said up to 500 people attended Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein's funeral today in suburban Brondby.

The head of the Danish Islamic Funeral Foundation, Kasem Said Ahmad, said the hearse left a Copenhagen mosque after a brief ceremony and drove to the burial ground six miles away.

Obama offers personal condolences to Denmark

US President Barack Obama has called Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt to offer his personal condolences after fatal shootings in Copenhagen, the White House has said.

Obama expressed his solidarity with Denmark, and invited leaders to take part in a summit designed to tackle violent extremism.

Two Danish citizens were killed and others in the Valentine's Day attacks at a synagogue and a free speech event.

The attacks ended when police shot the suspect dead.


Defiant Danes: 'Shootings will not shake us'

Defiant Danes have said the fatal shootings which claimed the lives of two men at the weekend will not shake them.

Thousands turned out for a mass memorial service in Copenhagen tonight with people vowing to "carry on as normal".

However, Lars Vilks, the Swedish cartoonist who believes he was the target of an attack at a cafe where he was speaking, said it was unlikely he would ever hold a public meeting again.

ITV News reporter Duncan Golestani reports:

In pictures: Thousands gather at Copenhagen vigil

Thousands have gathered at a candlelit vigil in Copenhagen as a memorial marked the deaths of two people killed in deadly attacks at the weekend.

Thousands have gathered a candlelit vigil. Credit: Reuters
People placed lit candles and flowers at the memorial service. Credit: Reuters
Thousands attended the vigil. Credit: Reuters

Anti-Islam protests in Copenhagen after shooting

Anti-Islam protesters have taken to the streets of Copenhagen after two civilians were shot dead by a lone gunman at the weekend.

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The Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) carried banners which read: "No to violence, no to Islam."

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Others read: "Peaceful and United against fundamentalist Islam," while one woman simply carried a Danish flag.

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