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Muslim gunman is buried in Denmark, media reports say up to 500 attended the ceremony

  • The car containing the body of Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, the man accused of the two shootings which led to two civilians dead last weekend in Copenhagen, is escorted from the Islamic Society's building in Copenhagen, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, to a Muslim burial ground in Brondby, west of Copenhagen. He was shot by police Sunday morning outside his home. (AP Photo/Polfoto, Jens Dresling) DENMARK OUT

    The car containing the body of Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, the man accused of the two shootings which led to two civilians dead last weekend in Copenhagen, is escorted from the Islamic Society's building in Copenhagen, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, to a Muslim burial ground in Brondby, west of Copenhagen. He was shot by police Sunday morning outside his home. (AP Photo/Polfoto, Jens Dresling) DENMARK OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • The car containing the body of Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, the man accused of the two shootings which led to two civilians dead last weekend in Copenhagen, is escorted from the Islamic Society's building in Copenhagen, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, to a Muslim burial ground in Brondby, west of Copenhagen. He was shot by police Sunday morning outside his home. (AP Photo/Polfoto, Jens Dresling) DENMARK OUT

    The car containing the body of Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, the man accused of the two shootings which led to two civilians dead last weekend in Copenhagen, is escorted from the Islamic Society's building in Copenhagen, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, to a Muslim burial ground in Brondby, west of Copenhagen. He was shot by police Sunday morning outside his home. (AP Photo/Polfoto, Jens Dresling) DENMARK OUT  (The Associated Press)

Scores of mostly men have attended the burial of the 22-year-old Danish Muslim who shot two people dead and wounded five others at a free speech event and a synagogue in Copenhagen last weekend.

Police called it "a private ceremony" and declined to comment on media reports that up to 500 people attended Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein's funeral Friday in suburban Broendby. Denmark's TV2 channel said many didn't know him but came out of respect for his family.

The head of the Danish Islamic Funeral Foundation, Kasem Said Ahmad, said the hearse left a Copenhagen mosque after a brief ceremony and drove to the burial ground 10 kilometers (6 miles) away.

Ahmad said the body of El-Hussein, who was killed Sunday, was released by police earlier in the day.