This Bosnian-born Danish Muslim man with alleged ties to Islamic terrorist groups has been charged with attempted murder after shooting at police conducting a drug raid in Christiana near Copenhagen, seriously injuring one of them with a gunshot wound to the head, a second officer in the thigh, and a bystander in the leg, before escaping.
UK Daily Mail(h/t Maria J) Police tracked him down several hours later, three miles to the south in Kastrup, near the airport, where they shot him. He was hospitalized in a critical condition. The suspect was unable to appear in court for a pre-trial hearing today but the court decided he should be kept under arrest until he is fit enough to face a hearing.
According to police, the suspect pulled out a hidden gun and began firing while officers were making an arrest. The officer who is still in critical condition was shot in the head, while the other two men were shot in the leg.
“He apparently has ties to (militant Islamist group) Millatu Ibrahim and sympathies for ISIS,” police said of the 25-year-old man, referring to the Islamic State group. They described the man – named by local media as Mesa Hodzic – as a Danish citizen who had come to the country from Bosnia when he was four years old. However, the police said, there was “currently no evidence that (his alleged IS sympathies) has influenced the shooting incidents.”
In addition to three counts of attempted murder, he faces preliminary charges of possessing a firearm and trafficking 48 kilos (106 pounds) of cannabis, 2.7 kilos of skunk – a powerful type of marijuana – and over 1,800 joints, according to Danish news agency Ritzau.