Danish intelligence agency head resigns before Copenhagen report

Danish intelligence agency chief resigns before release of the government report on fatal shootings in February

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Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The director of Denmark’s intelligence agency, Jens Madsen, quit his post on Wednesday, hours before a government report was released which criticising the police response to the Copenhagen in February this year which resulted in the death of one person.

Madsen did not mention the reason for his resignation, but he emphasised the demanding nature of his position.

Justice Minister Mette Frederiksen said that despite the criticism present in the report, she was generally pleased with the performance of the Danish police and intelligence agency. She did not make any comments with respect to Madsen’s resignation.

Jens Madsen had been the head of the Danish Security and Intelligence Service since the beginning of 2014.  

"After careful consideration, I have agreed with the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Justice and the National Commissioner of Police, that I now wish to take on new tasks to develop the Danish police,” he said in a statement on the justice ministry’s website.

The attacks in Copenhagen were two incidents of spree shootings, starting in the afternoon of Feb. 15. One civilian was killed and three police officers were wounded, and the attack occurred at a public seminar called "Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression."

The seminar was organized to honor the victims of the attack in January against the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Several hours later, shortly after midnight, a second shooting took place near the Great Synagogue in Krystalgade, in which a Jewish community member on security duty was killed and two police officers were wounded.

The gunman was later shot dead in a clash with police.

TRTWorld and agencies