Copenhagen, February 14, 2015 – 2 civilians killed, 1 gunman shot
One month after the Paris terror attacks, a shooting attack occurred in the Krudttønden Café, a local cultural centre where a public seminar called Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression was organized to honor victims of the attack in January against the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
Artist Lars Vilks was in attendance, and it is thought he was the main target for his role in a controversy over his 2007 drawings of Muhammad. François Zimeray, the French ambassador to Denmark, and Inna Shevchenko of the Ukrainian feminist group Femen. were also attending the event. Film director Finn Nørgaard (55) was killed and three police officers were wounded.
The second shooting took place near Copenhagen’s Great Synagogue in Krystalgade, in which Dan Uzan (37), a Jewish security guard was killed and two police officers were wounded.
February 15 – Danish police shot and killed Omar El-Hussein near Nørrebro train station this morning, after the Danish-born 22-year-old opened fire on them while attempting to enter a location under surveillance.
Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, one of the Paris unity rally attendee, said: “We feel certain now that it was a politically motivated attack, and thereby it was a terrorist attack […] We are on high alert all over the country.”
French President François Hollande deplored Saturday’s attack and expressed his solidarity with Denmark. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve just arrived in Copenhagen on Sunday morning. “The United States condemns today’s deplorable shooting in Copenhagen” said National Security Council Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan in a statement, but the White House did not describe the attacks as “terrorist”.
February 16, 2015
• Egyptian jets bombed Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday, a day after the group there released a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians, drawing Cairo directly into the conflict across its border. President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi had vowed to ‘avenge the criminal killings’
• Several hundred Jewish tombs have been damaged in the Jewish cemetery of Sarre-Union near Strasbourg, France. “The country will not tolerate this new injury which goes against the values that all French people share,” said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve
• Tens of thousands of people have gathered in towns and cities across Denmark to commemorate the victims of weekend gun attacks in the capital. In Copenhagen, an estimated 30.000 people gathered to observe a minute’s silence. Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said Danes had come together to “insist on living free and safe lives in a democratic country”. U.S. President Barack Obama called her to offer condolences on Monday.