Latest biker gang violence was internal, police say

Fears of a gang war between Hells Angels and Bandidos have led to two large arrest actions in past week

The two men who were beaten, shot and stabbed by the Hells Angels were apparently members of the gang who somehow found themselves in “bad standing" with their fellow gangmembers.

Fears of an impending war between the Angels and rival gang the Bandidos began brewing last week when a 31-year-old knife victim was thrown out of a vehicle on Englandsvej and a 32-year-old man on the same street with gunshot wounds in his leg. Neither man's wounds were life-threatening.

Police rounded up and released 100 members of the outlaw gang last Wednesday as a “warning” that a new gang war would not be tolerated.

On Friday, 30 more gang members from the Copenhagen area were brought in for questioning. Police had hoped to find whoever assaulted the two men among those detainees.

“All of them will be released,” deputy inspector Tommy Keil said. “We do not have enough to bring them before a judge.” Keil said that the attacks on the two men were due to internal strife in the Hells Angels.

The police’s sources within the gang community suggest escalating tension between the gangs. On Tuesday of last week, a 17.5 tonne unmanned truck with a brick on the accelerator ploughed into a property used by the Bandidos on Amager.

Police suspect the incident was carried out by the Hells Angels support group AK81.

Along with the truck incident, there have been other recent violent clashes between the Hells Angels and Bandidos.

The last full-out war between the Hells Angels and Bandidos ended in 1996 with a rocket attack that killed two people and a shooting at Copenhagen Airport that left one dead and four injured.