Sunday, February 15, 2015

Shooting During Blasphemy Debate in Denmark Kills 1, Wounds 3


COPENHAGEN – A civilian was killed and three law-enforcement officers were slightly wounded Saturday in a shooting at a Copenhagen cafe that was hosting a debate on blasphemy and free speech, Danish police said.

The civilian killed in the shooting, which Denmark’s PET security service has described as a terrorist attack, has not yet been identified.

Police are searching for two suspects who fled the scene in a vehicle.

Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has faced death threats for mocking the Islamic prophet Muhammad, and France’s ambassador to Copenhagen, François Zimeray, attended the event, titled “Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression,” but were not injured in the attack.

Saturday’s shooting occurred approximately five weeks after gunmen killed 12 people at Paris-based satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which had published controversial depictions of Muhammad.

The 68-year-old Vilks has been under police protection since August 2007, when he published a drawing in Swedish newspaper Nerikes Allehanda that depicted Muhammad as a dog.

Two brothers were sentenced to prison terms of two and three years in 2010 for trying to burn down the artist’s house in southern Sweden.

Three other people accused of plotting to murder Vilks at an art exhibition in the Swedish city of Gothenburg were acquitted two years later.


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