One Dead, Three Injured After Attack on Danish Cafe

Shots have been fired at a Copenhagen cafe', Danish media reports Saturday night, during an event for free speech featuring a speaker who has faced multiple threats for drawing cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammed.  

One person, a 40 year-old civilian, died during the attack; three are estimated to have been injured, and all are apparently uniformed police officers, according to the Daily Mail.  Police estimate that over 200 bullets were fired at the cafe.

Two terrorists are estimated to be behind the attack; both are still at large. An eyewitness stated that at least one was masked during the shooting and that they have appeared to have escaped by car.

The event, entitled "Art, blasphemy and the freedom of expression," was organized by Swedish artist Lars Vilks – who drew the infamous cartoons, depicting Mohammed as a dog, in 2007.

The cartoons received much criticism, as well as threats from the Muslim community in Sweden and abroad. 

Vilks, 68, was present when the shots were fired, but not injured, according to the Associated Press.

The event included several other controversial speakers as well, including French campaigner Inna Shevchenko, leader of Ukrainian feminist group FEMEN and infamous for staging nude protests at churches and mosques. 

French ambassador to Denmark Francois Zimeray was also present during the attack, but escaped unharmed. He drew similarities between the shooting and the January terror rampage at the French Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in remarks to AFP after the ordeal. 

"It was the same intention as (the January 7 attack on) Charlie Hebdo except they didn't manage to get in," he opined. "Intuitively I would say there were at least 50 gunshots, and the police here are saying 200." 


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