DENMARK: Police shoot and kill suspect possibly behind two (Islamic?) terror attacks at a cafe and a synagogue in Copenhagen

One dead in Copenhagen synagogue shooting, hours after one man killed and three police officers wounded at free speech event. At the cafe, witnesses reported the gunman to have been shouting in Arabic.


Reuters  One person was fatally shot in the head and two policemen were wounded outside a Copenhagen synagogue late Saturday night, hours after a shooting at a free speech event in the Danish capital killed one and wounded three.

The Great Synagogue of Copenhagen
The Great Synagogue of Copenhagen

The victim of the synagogue shooting was a young Jewish man guarding the building while a bar mitzvah ceremony was underway inside. The first shooting, on Saturday afternoon, killed a civilian and wounded three police officers at a meeting attended by Lars Vilks, an artist who has received death threats since publishing images of the Prophet Mohammed.


Hours after the attack, Danish police shot and killed a man near Noerrebro train station, close to the sites of the attacks, who had fired at them first. The police said they assumed the man killed was the gunman responsible for both shooting in Copenhagen, and added that there was nothing than indicated more than one suspect though they were still investigating.

“We assume that it’s the same culprit behind both incidents, and we also assume that the culprit that was shot by the police task force on Norreport station is the person behind both of these assassinations,” Chief police inspector Torben Molgaard Jensen told reporters. 

Artist Lars Vilks has been a marked man (by al-Qaeda) for depicting the prophet of Mohammed as a dog.