A suspected gunman has been shot dead by police after two people were killed in shootings at a cafe and a synagogue in Copenhagen, sparking a huge manhunt in the Danish capital.

Police say the man they killed on Sunday morning is believed to have been the shooter. The Danish prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, condemned what she called “a cynical act of terror” and said she was “happy and relieved that police have disarmed the suspected perpetrator behind the two shootings”. She said Denmark had “lived through some hours which we will never forget”.

The killings began at around 3.30pm local time when a man attacked the Krudttønden cafe during a free speech debate featuring controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who had depicted the prophet Muhammad in cartoons. Finn Nørgaard, 55, a film director, died.

Then, at around 1am, 37-year-old Dan Uzan was killed while guarding the synagogue in Krystalgade during a bat mitzvah celebration. Two police officers were also hit but their injuries were said not to be life-threatening.

Vilks, who survived unhurt after the gunman was unable to enter the cafe building, said he believed he was the target of the first attack.

“What other motive could there be? It’s possible it was inspired by Charlie Hebdo,” he said, referring to the killing of 12 people at the offices of the Paris-based satirical magazine by Islamist terrorists last month. Vilks depicted Muhammad as a dog in 2007 and has been the subject of repeated attacks and death threats.

A police operation was under way on Sunday morning, with officers searching a flat in the residential area of Mjølnerparken, in the Nørrebro district of the city, near where the suspect was shot and killed… see more

source: Guardian UK