Three shot at Copenhagen synagogue

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Published: Sunday 15th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Three people have been wounded, including two police officers, in a reported synagogue shooting in central Copenhagen.

Police said it was not immediately clear whether the incident was linked to an earlier shooting at a cultural centre that killed one person and wounded two police officers.

In the latest shooting, Copenhagen police said one person was shot in the head while the two officers were shot in the arms and legs. The suspect fled on foot.

Police warned people to be vigilant and follow the instructions of officers flooding the city centre.

The shootings came a month after extremists killed 12 people at a satirical newspaper in Paris that had sparked Muslim outrage with its depictions of the prophet.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the first Copenhagen shooting, which took place shortly before 4pm yesterday.

Danish police said the gunman used an automatic weapon to shoot through the windows of the Krudttoenden cultural centre, which TV footage showed were riddled with bullet holes. The gunman fled in a carjacked Volkswagen Polo that was found later a few miles away.

They said the victim was a man about 40 who was inside the cultural centre. He has not yet been identified. Two of the wounded officers belonged to the Danish security service PET, which said the circumstances surrounding the shooting “indicate that we are talking about a terror attack”.

Lars Vilks, a Swedish artist who has faced numerous death threats for caricaturing the Prophet Mohammed, was one of the main speakers at yesterday’s panel discussion called Art, Blasphemy And Freedom Of Expression. He was whisked away by his bodyguards unharmed as the shooting began.

Mr Vilks, 68, later said 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, from an undisclosed location, referring to the January 7 attack by Islamic extremists on the French newspaper.

Published: Sunday 15th February 2015 by The News Editor

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