Terrorists attempt to kill controversial Muhammad cartoonist Lars VilksPosted by Lawrence Lease on February 14, 2015
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A gunman opened fire on a crowd in a Copenhagen cafe on Saturday injuring three and killing one during a free speech event.
The cafe was holding a panel discussion featuring controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks. Vilks is the man who has faced threats for his sketches of the Prophet Muhammad. The suspect was seen escaping the scene in a dark Volkswagen Polo. Denmark security agency PET has ruled this a terrorist attack based on the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
This shooting comes only a month after Islamic militants attacked Charlie Hebdo magazine office in Paris, killing 12 people. Nobody has come forward claiming responsibility for this attack. The cafe was hosting an event called “Art, blasphemy and the freedom of expression” when the gunmen opened fire. Local authorities were originally looking for two suspects but after preliminary interviews, they discovered there was only one gunman.
Police found the getaway vehicle abandoned near a metro station and ordered the transit system between two stations to be shutdown to search for the suspect.
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. The gunman failed to get into the room where the event was held but managed to enter the lobby. To even get into the cafe, attendees had to go through airport type security.
French President Hollande called the attack “deplorable.” Vilks has faced several attempted attacks and death threats after his Muhammad cartoon as a dog was released in 2007. In 2014, a Pennsylvania woman plotted to kill Vilks and is now serving a 10-year prison sentence.
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