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Two police officers were shot and one civilian injured during a police operation in the Christiania district of Copenhagen on Wednesday night.

One police officer was shot in the leg, while another one suffered a head wound, police confirmed in a statement. One civilian was also hit in the thigh, authorities added, emphasising that the person had not been injured as a result of police gunfire.

Police are "massively" present in Christiania as they look for the shooter, police said in a tweet.

The injured civilian, a foreigner, told police that he has no relatives in Denmark.

"Copenhagen police can't comment further on the episode - neither the nature of the operation nor about the condition of the officers," said the statement, adding that the officers' families have been informed of the incident.

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A deadly shooting took place in Copenhagen in February 2015 when Islamic State-inspired terrorist Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein opened fire at a free speech rally and then outside a synagogue.

He killed two people and injured five police officers.

It emerged El-Hussain had pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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Christiania is of interest in that it is an autonoumus suburb with its own rules & regulations:

Christiania is 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.

More to follow...

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ISIS have claimed it:

Denmark's Independent Police Complaints Authority is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the suspected gunman.

Police have said the man, named by local media as Mesa Hodzic, a Danish national born in Bosnia, had links to a radical Islamist group, Millatu Ibrahim, and sympathised with so-called Islamic State (IS).

But they said there was no evidence that extremism was behind the attack.

IS's self-styled news agency Amaq said an IS "soldier" had carried out the assault, "responding to [iS] calls to target countries of the alliance" against IS.

Although IS regularly claims to be behind such attacks, analysts say there is often no evidence initially to support those claims.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37260193

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