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Danish intelligence chief resigns

Published 06/05/2015

The shootings occurred in Copenhagen in February (AP)
The shootings occurred in Copenhagen in February (AP)

The head of Denmark's intelligence agency has announced his resignation hours before a government report on the police force's handling of two fatal shooting attacks in February.

Jens Madsen, chief of the Danish Security and Intelligence Service since January 2014, said in a statement it has been "a very demanding period".

Later today, the justice minister is to release a report on the attacks on a free speech event and a synagogue on February 14/15 that left two people dead and five injured in Copenhagen.

The security agency has acknowledged that the gunman, a former prisoner who served time for a stabbing, was listed by prison authorities as being at risk of Islamic radicalisation. However, officials said they had no reason to believe he was planning any attacks.

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