Convenience store war leads to mosque murder

Three men have been charged with the murder of a 24 year-old convenience store owner in a major shoot-out outside a mosque in Denmark.

One of the accused and his father remain in hospital in Sweden after the incident, believed to be a dispute between rival shop fractions, which saw around 20 bullets fired from numerous weapons.

Eyewitnesses report seeing a scuffle break out near the mosque in the Vesterbro district of Copenhagen before the victim drew a knife. An autopsy revealed that he received multiple gunshot and stab wounds, but it has not been determined whether his own knife was used in the attack.

Police initially investigated the killing as a gang-related incident, but have since revealed the true nature of the disagreement was rival shopkeepsers. They also claim that the victim, who recently opened a new shop in the Danish capital, has previously served a five-year sentence for stabbing an American exchange student in the city in 2004.

Another four men, two of which are thought to be friends of the victim and two from the rival group, are also being sought for questioning by police.