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Copenhagen Shooting : Cartoonist was the main target
Copenhagen Shooting : Cartoonist was the main target

Copenhagen Shooting : Cartoonist was the main target

Gunmen stormed into a Copenhagen building Saturday where controversial cartoonist Lars Vilks and his supporters had gathered, firing shots before driving away from the scene, police and witnesses said.

Two men suspected of being involved in the shooting are on the run. Danish Police said the suspects spoke Danish and fled in a black Volkswagen Polo, the Associated Press reports.

Vilk has been under police protection since 2007 after he produced caricatures of the Prophet Mohamed as a dog. Vilks, who has been the subject of attempted attacks on his life in the past, was unharmed in the shooting. Danish authorities said the wounded police officers were also “out of danger”.

French ambassador Francois Zimeray, who was speaking at the event, tweeted that he was “still alive in the room” shortly after.

Danish channel TV2 reported seeing 30 bullet holes in the cafe window.

The shooting comes just over a month after gunmen stormed the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, killing 12 people.

Two people were taken out of the building on stretchers. Helle Merete Brix, one of the organizers of the event, told AP : “I saw a masked man running past. A couple of police officers were injured.”

“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 guest speakers, told TV2 channel.

Agencies/Canadajournal




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