Gunfire at Danish free speech event

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Published: Saturday 14th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Shots have reportedly been fired at a cafe in Copenhagen where a meeting about freedom of speech was being held.

The debate had been organised by Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has faced numerous threats for caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad in 2007.

Media reports said there were around 30 bullet holes in the window of the Krudttoenden cafe and said at least two people, including a uniformed police officer, were taken away on stretchers.

Helle Merete Brix, one of the organisers of the event, said Mr Vilks was present at the event but not injured. When the artist is in Denmark, he receives police protection.

The cafe in northern Copenhagen, known for its jazz concerts, was hosting an event titled “Art, blasphemy and the freedom of expression” when the shots were fired.

Niels Ivar Larsen, one of the speakers at the event, said he saw two injured people.

Published: Saturday 14th February 2015 by The News Editor

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