Denmark Police Kill Gunman Who Carried Out Dual Acts of Terror at ‘Blasphemy’ Event, Near Synogogue

CopenhagenCOPENHAGEN, Denmark — Police have shot and killed a man believed to have carried out dual acts of terror in Denmark on Saturday that left four wounded and two dead.

The first incident occurred at the Krudttoenden cafe in Osterbro during an event entitled “Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression.” The discussion featured Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, France’s ambassador to Denmark Francois Zimeray and Femen activist Inna Shevchenko, and included talk about Islam and the French publication Charlie Hebdo.

According to reports, Vilks has faced death threats in the past for his controversial caricatures, including a display that depicted the Islamic prophet Mohammad as a dog. While the motive of Saturday’s shooting has not been determined, some suspect that it may have been an attempt to assassinate Vilks.

But Vilks was not injured in the incident as some of those present, including Zimeray, hit the floor at the sound of the gunshots and crawled toward a back door emergency exit.

“Intuitively I would say there were at least 50 gunshots, [but] the police here are saying 200,” Zimeray told reporters. “Bullets went through the doors and everyone threw themselves to the floor.”

However, one unidentified 40-year-old man died in the shooting and two police officers were injured.

“Denmark has today been hit by a cynical act of violence,” Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt stated following the incident. “Everything suggests that the shooting in Osterbro was a political assassination and thus an act of terrorism.”

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Hours after the shooting at the cafe, reports broke that a second shooting took place in the Krystalgade area near a Jewish synagogue, injuring two police officers and killing a male civilian. The fatality is believed to be that of the synagogue guard, who was shot in the head. The gunman then fled on foot.

But police stated that they have had their eye on the man, whose name has not yet been made public, for some time. Several hours following the second attack, they located the suspect near a train station in Norrebro. After he drew a gun on police, he was shot dead.

“We assume that it’s the same culprit behind both incidents … that was shot by the police,” Chief police inspector Torben Molgaard Jensen told reporters on Sunday.

The incidents occur just a month after the massacre at the office of the atheist-run French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which took the lives of 12 people. The location has been the center of controversy in recent years due to its cartoons mocking Mohammad, which raised the ire of Islamists. Editor Stephane Charbonier, who died in the attack, had been receiving police protection after facing death threats from Muslims over his controversial cartoons.

Gunmen Said and Cherif Kouachi, who carried out the attack shortly after the new year, were captured on video yelling, “Allahu Akbar”—meaning “Allah is the greatest”—following the massacre, as well as “The prophet has been avenged.” They both died in a standoff with police at a printing plant days later.

While Obama was on the golf range in Palm Springs, Ca. during Saturday’s first attack, National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan released a statement condemning the violence.

“We offer our condolences to the loved ones of the deceased victim, and our thoughts are with those wounded in this attack,” she said. “We have been in close contact with our Danish counterparts and stand ready to lend any assistance necessary to the investigation.”

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  • Fundisi

    It is a sign of the times, greater violence and many wars fought around the world in new ways. It is about forcing nations and people to fear Islam.

  • yEshUA ImmAnUEl © ben-‘Adam

    ”Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviors. Keep your behaviors positive because your behaviors become your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny. ”

  • yEshUA ImmAnUEl © ben-‘Adam

    “O my God, teach me to be generous
    to serve you as you deserve to be served
    to give without counting the cost
    to fight without fear of being wounded
    to work without seeking rest
    and to spend myself without expecting any reward
    but the knowledge that I am doing your holy will.”

  • Oboehner

    They sure do love to toss the word “terror” around.

  • M Diaz

    It’s no secret that christians are to see non believers as wicked, evil, of the dark, wretched as per many passages in the NT sanctions, (which of course is the reason so many christians resort to hostility in the face of skepticism) so i am left wondering why christians are on their high horse pointing fingers at an ideology that sanctions the mistreatment of non believers…it’s not as if the christian belief system has anything to do with the condemnation of non believers, does it?

    • bowie1

      Perhaps some preachers are lopsided in their sermons, emphasizing hell and damnation, while mentioning little about the forgiveness we receive in Christ Jesus. That forgiveness and salvation is available to all who want it.

      • M Diaz

        sure, but one doesn’t need Jesus to save themselves or forgive themselves or others

      • Fundisi

        No, IMO, the problem is that most churches no longer teach about sin and hell, because until people feel the flames of hell and seek God, there is no repentance, there is no seeking His salvation. It is foolish to talk about forgiveness and salvation and be silent about sin and hell. If a person does not think they are guilty of sin and in danger of hell – why seek a savior, it make no sense? Without acknowledgement of sin and the fear of hell, why would any sane person repent and seek a savior? It is my belief that the first step the church took away from the pure Gospel is they stopped talking about sin and hell.

    • John_33

      It doesn’t take long to look outside and see murder, rape, wars, lust, etc. Just read the news. It affects every society on earth. We can go to the deepest jungles or to the most modern cities, and we will find these actions. We can’t claim ignorance either. Our consciences tell us when we do wrong; yet, we’ve all violated our conscience to get what we want. Why? Because we’re evil.

      That’s why God sent His Son to die for us. Not to condemn us but to give us freedom from our sin. God made a way out for us. We can have victory over sin through Him.

      • M Diaz

        “That’s why God sent His Son to die for us”

        sorry, i’m not a murdering rapist, are you?

        “God made a way out for us.”

        ok, can you demonstrate HOW you came to that conclusion?

        • John_33

          sorry, i’m not a murdering rapist, are you?

          According to God, if you ever hated your brother, you are a murderer. If you ever lusted in your heart, you are an adulterer. God doesn’t call us to be merely better than murderers or rapists, He calls us to be as holy as He is.

          ok, can you demonstrate HOW you came to that conclusion?

          Sure, I didn’t come to this conclusion from friends, family, or church. I knew in my heart that God was real, but I didn’t want to give up my sin. God came to me one night and showed me that I was headed for Hell because of my sin. He gave me a choice and showed me that I could either repent and follow Him or I could remain in my sin (God never forces salvation on people). Once I chose to follow Him and repented of my sins, He completely changed me. I didn’t fully understand doctrine or Biblical faith, but God still had compassion on me in spite of my ignorance. Now I’m not the person I used to be, thanks to God. I found that out for myself that all who are born again in Christ are new creatures.

          • M Diaz

            “According to God”
            lets start from there, can you demonstrate HOW your god is relevant to me?

          • John_33

            If you want a god that needs to make itself relevant for you, then you won’t find one. You’re looking for a maid. God is already relevant in our lives. As our Creator, He has a right to His creation. He dealt with sin on the cross, and He’s going to return one day to raise us from the dead and judge us for what we’ve done. Until that day comes, God is giving all of us time and space to repent so we will be saved from our sins.

          • M Diaz

            “If you want a god that needs to make itself relevant for you, then you won’t find one. ”
            exactly my point, your god is too small for me

          • John_33

            No, you missed my point. God is relevant by definition. Any god that needs to become relevant for us isn’t real. God is bigger than you can possibly think, but like I said before, He won’t force you to repent. He will let people choose their paths before He comes in righteousness to judge the earth.

          • M Diaz

            “God is relevant by definition. ”

            because the buybull says so? hahhahhah

            you must be high on crack

            “Any god that needs to become relevant for us isn’t real.”

            can’t say the same about gravity or math, you know those things that are relevant to us

            “God is bigger than you can possibly think”

            yet you are able to think that, are you really that dumb or does it take some effort on your part?