Two dead, six injured in Copenhagen shootings
15 February 2015, Nirapad News: Two people have been killed and six injured in twin shootings in the Danish capital, with one attack targeting a cultural center hosting a debate on Islam and free speech.
A gunman sprayed bullets at the Krudttonden cultural center Saturday as it hosted a seminar in which Lars Vilks, the Swedish artist whose controversial Prophet Mohammed cartoon sparked worldwide protests in 2007, was among the speakers.
Hours later, a man was shot in the head and killed near Copenhagen’s main synagogue in the city center. Two policemen were also wounded in the shooting at around 1:00 am on Sunday morning, police said.
A 55-year-old man was killed in the first attack, and three police officers wounded. Police said they did not have enough information to confirm whether the two shootings, which come just weeks after a series of bloody Islamist attacks in Paris that left 17 people dead, were linked. A huge manhunt operation was underway in Denmark overnight after the attacker fled following both shootings. Helicopters were heard whirring over the capital in the early hours.
Danish Prime Minister Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt described the assault on the cultural center as “a terrorist attack”, while the United States branded it “deplorable”.