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Iceland Sends Condolences to Denmark

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Iceland Sends Condolences to Denmark

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Icelandic officials were among those sending condolences to Danish authorities yesterday because of the terrorist attacks in Copenhagen on Saturday and early Sunday morning. Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson will send a formal letter to his Danish counterpart Helle Thorning-Schmidt. He used to live on the street where the synagogue was attacked.

“One is taken by surprise, of course, because fortunately such events aren’t common in our part of the world but when they occur, it’s a shock. The Danes should be complimented on how they’ve dealt with the situation in a calm manner and in solidarity,” Sigmundur told RÚV.

“I lived on the street … just a few steps from where these events took place and in all the hundreds of times I walked through that street and around that neighborhood it never occurred to me that such events would ever happen there,” the PM commented.

“We have sent condolences and I will write a formal letter to the Danish prime minister. Copenhagen is close to many Icelanders, of course,” he concluded.

Two men were charged in connection with the attacks in a closed custody hearing this morning, bbc.com reports.

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