Copenhagen Terrorist, Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, Acquired 3 Guns Illegally to Carry Out Attack

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 8.32.07 AMOne source even suspects it might be the Denmark law enforcement’s weapons. Either way, if a bad guy wants to get their hands on a gun… they will.

The gunman behind shootings at a free speech event and a synagogue in Copenhagen used an assault rifle and two handguns in the attacks, Danish police said Wednesday.

The suspect, named by police late Tuesday as Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, 22, was killed in firefight early Sunday after killing two people and wounding five police officers. He had previously been named by numerous media outlets
It was unclear how El-Hussein obtained the weapon, which cannot be purchased legally in Denmark — the assault rifles were used by the Danish military from 1995 to 2010 and are also used by other NATO forces.

“It could be one of our weapons,” Rene Gyldensten, a spokesman for the Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization, told the Associated Press on Wednesday. He said police had not yet asked the Defense Ministry to check serial number records.

El-Hussein had apparently come to admire the Islamic State after being radicalized in prison, although there is no firm evidence that he was acting at the behest of the group, also known as ISIL and ISIS.

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The apparent target of the café shooting was Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, 68, who has endured several attempted attacks and death threats since he depicted the founder of Islam as a dog in 2007. Vilks escaped unharmed after a bodyguard shoved him into the café kitchen when the gunfire erupted.

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