BREAKING! One Dead, 3 Shot at Denmark Forum; Shooters Yelled In Arabic Before Attack
Denmark is suffering its own “Charlie Hebdo” attack after gunfire rang out at a “Freedom of Speech” forum, injuring three policemen. It’s reported that the men yelled something in Arabic, and there had been previous threats made against a cartoonist at the forum who had insulted Muhammed.
From the New York Post:
Shots were fired Saturday at a cafe in Copenhagen as it hosted a freedom of speech event organized by Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has faced numerous threats for caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad. Danish police say one man was killed.
In a statement, Danish police say they are looking for the perpetrators who drove away in a dark Volkswagen Polo after the shooting shortly before 4 p.m. 10 a.m. EST at the Krudttoenden cafe.
The police said the victim was a 40-year-old man.
A gunman fired on a cafe in Copenhagen as it hosted a free speech event Saturday, killing one man, Danish police said. The event was organized by Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has faced numerous threats for caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad.
Danish police said the gunman shot through the windows of the Krudttoenden cafe, which the TV2 news channel said were riddled with some 30 bullet holes. Helle Merete Brix, one of the event’s organizers, told The Associated Press that Vilks was at the meeting but was not hit.
“I saw a masked man running past,” Brix said. “I clearly consider this as an attack on Lars Vilks.”
Police were looking for the perpetrators, who they said drove away in a dark Volkswagen Polo after the shooting, which took place shortly before 4 p.m. (1500 GMT, 10 a.m. EST).
In a statement, Danish police said the victim was a 40-year-old man inside the cafe attending the event. He has not yet been identified.
Police spokesman Henrik Blandebjerg said three police colleagues at the event were also shot.
“I heard someone firing with an automatic weapons and someone shouting. Police returned the fire and I hid behind the bar. I felt surreal, like in a movie,” Niels Ivar Larsen, one of the speakers at the event, told the TV2 channel.
Brix said she was ushered away with Vilks by one of the Danish police guards that he gets whenever he is in Denmark.
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.
François Zimeray, the French ambassador to Denmark who was at the conference, tweeted that he was “still alive.”
Vilks, a 68-year-old Swedish artist, has faced several attempted attacks and death threats after he depicted the Prophet Muhammad as a dog in 2007.
Now wait for the Muslim apologists to come out and blame conservatives and “islamaphobia” for this one!
More as the story develops.