A man with close ties to a terror network affiliated with Islamic State shot two police officers and one civilian in Copenhagen.
One of the police officers is fighting for his life while the other two victims are in stable condition. The suspect is also in critical condition after sustaining injuries during his arrest.
Witnesses reported hearing up to nine shots during the incident near Fredens Ark – Christiania’s largest building.
The officers were about to arrest the man before he pulled out a gun and shot at them, according to police.
Shootings of this kind are very rare in Denmark and parts of Copenhagen were put on lockdown as police searched for the shooter. The suspect, a 25-year-old Bosnia-born Danish citizen, was arrested Thursday morning after another shootout with police.
People started to speculate that the shooting was a terrorist attack when the identity of the suspect started to spread online. The man is linked to militant Islamist group Millatu Ibrahim and has openly expressed support for Islamic State.
The Amaq News agency, believed to be an arm of ISIS, put out a statement saying the attacker was a jihadi.
A statement said: “The executor of the attack targeting police in Copenhagen was a soldier of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in response to calls to target coalition countries.”
In the immediate aftermath of the shooting a Danish police statement said: “He apparently has ties to [militant Islamist group] Millatu Ibrahim and sympathies for IS.”
Officers also revealed the man was of Bosian descent and moved to the country aged four.
The shooting took place in the Christiania commune, a disused military compound housing 850 residents over a covering 34 hectare site.
Since 1989 it has had special laws granting it elements of autonomy from the state and the town is famous for its so-called “Green Light District”, where cannabis is freely available to buy on the street.