Feb 14 2015
DENMARK: Deadly Islamic terrorist attack on free speech event organized by controversial Mohammed cartoon artist Lars Vilks
One man was killed and three policemen wounded after two gunmen fired scores of bullets at Copenhagen café holding an event in support of freedom of speech. Two Middle Eastern-looking suspects, heard yelling in Arabic, fled by car and are still at large.
— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) February 14, 2015
ABC News At least one gunman opened fire Saturday on a Copenhagen cultural center, killing a man in what authorities called a likely terror attack against a free speech event featuring an artist who had caricatured the Prophet Muhammad.
BBC Dennis Myhoff-Brink, who was attending the conference, said he heard “about 20 or 30 shots” and people “yelling in Arabic”.
The shooting, which also wounded three police officers, came a month after extremists killed 12 people at a satirical newspaper in Paris that had sparked Muslim outrage with its depictions of Muhammad.
Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who organized and attended Saturday’s event but escaped unharmed, told The Associated Press he believed he was the intended target of the shooting.
“What other motive could there be? It’s possible it was inspired by Charlie Hebdo,” he said, referring to the Jan. 7 attack by Islamic extremists on the French newspaper in Paris. The 68-year-old Vilks has received numerous threats for drawing the Prophet Muhammad with a dog’s body in 2007.
Danish police said the gunman used an automatic weapon to shoot through the windows of the Krudttoenden cultural center, which TV footage showed were riddled with bullet holes. The gunman then fled in a carjacked Volkswagen Polo that was found later a few kilometers (miles) away, police said.
Vilks said he was attending a freedom of speech event in a lecture hall inside the building, which also houses a cafe, when shots rang out outside. “At first there was panic. People crawled down under tables,” Vilks said. “My bodyguards quickly pulled me away.”
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