Police says Copenhagen gunman had background in criminal activities

2015-02-16 07:20:35 | Al Muslim News
Police says Copenhagen gunman had background in criminal activities


The gunman behind the shooting attacks on a café and a synagogue in the Danish capital Copenhagen had a criminal record, including violence and weapons offenses, police say. He had been released from prison two weeks ago. The suspected gunman killed by police after fatal attacks against a controversial speech event and outside a Copenhagen synagogue. On Saturday, one person was killed and three police officers wounded when the shooting attacks the café hosting a debate attended by controversial Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks. Hours later, the synagogue was attacked, leaving one person dead and two policemen injured. One victim is identified a Danish film maker attending a panel discussion on blasphemy at the controversial speech event and a member of the Scandinavian country's Jewish community was killed outside the synagogue. Five police officials were also injured in the exchange of firing. Cartoonist Lars Vilks, a 68-year-old artist who has faced numerous death threats for depicting Prophet of Islam. "What other motive could there be? It's possible it was inspired by Charlie Hebdo," he said, referring to the Jan. 7 attack by Islamic extremists on the French newspaper that had angered Muslims by publication of a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad. The portrayal of the prophet is deemed insulting to followers of Islam. According to Islamic tradition, any physical depiction of the Prophet Muhammad — even a respectful one — is considered blasphemous. Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt branded those attacks as terrorist acts. Copenhagen police has been carrying out extensive operations, including a raid against an Internet café and two people arrested after the attacks.“Its part of our investigation,” Copenhagen police spokesman Steen Hansen said without giving further information.

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