At Least 8 People Injured After Shooting at Shopping Mall in Goteborg, Sweden

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At least eight people have been injured and taken to hospital after a shooting at Hisingen in Gothenburg. It confirms SOS Alarm for SVT News . Eight people have been hospitalized after a shooting at Vårväderstorget on Hisingen in Gothenburg, says SOS Alarm.

“First we got into it was five injured , then it turned out that there were three more. We sent a total of ten ambulances to the scene. Right now , I can see that five of them are at the hospital and unload injured.” 

 Jack Soderberg at SOS , Expressen

Ten ambulances and a large number of police were sent to the scene. The alarm came to the police at 22:23.

The shooting took place inside a restaurant on Vårväderstorget says Jenny Widén, spokesperson for the police Western Region. Damage State of the shot is still unclear , according to police. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Defiant Danes March After Attacks Copenhagen: ‘We Will Not Accept Any Attempt to Threaten or Intimidate Our Liberties and Our Rights’

Tens of thousands of Danes gathered at torch-lit memorials around the country on Monday, commemorating victims of deadly attacks on a synagogue and an event promoting free speech that shocked a nation proud of its record of safety and openness.

Singing John Lennon’s Imagine, defiant Danes promised to uphold their trademark open society and showed solidarity with the country’s Muslim minority after reports the gunman was a Dane with Palestinian roots and a passion for Islamist issues.

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“We have now experienced the fear that terrorism seeks to spread. The Danish democracy is strong, the Danish nation is strong, and we will not accept any attempt to threaten or intimidate our liberties and our rights.”

— Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt

The 22-year-old gunman opened fire on a cafe in hosting a free speech debate on Saturday, killing one, and attacked a synagogue, killing a guard. He was later killed in a shootout with police in his neighborhood of Norrebro, a largely immigrant part of the city with a reputation for gang violence.

People hold candles during a memorial service is held for those killed on Saturday by a 22-year-old gunman, in Copenhagen February 16, 2015. Danish police said on Monday they had charged two people with aiding the man suspected of shooting dead two people in attacks on a synagogue and an event promoting free speech in Copenhagen at the weekend. The shootings, which Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt called acts of terrorism, sent shockwaves through Denmark and have been compared to the January attacks in Paris by Islamist militants that killed 17. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

People hold candles during a memorial service is held for those killed on Saturday by a 22-year-old gunman, in Copenhagen February 16, 2015. Danish police said on Monday they had charged two people with aiding the man suspected of shooting dead two people in attacks on a synagogue and an event promoting free speech in Copenhagen at the weekend. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

Police, which have not publicly the identified the gunman, arrested two people on suspicion of aiding the attacks but said there was no indication the shooter was part of a cell or had traveled to Syria or Iraq.

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“We have now experienced the fear that terrorism seeks to spread,” Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt told reporters. “The Danish democracy is strong, the Danish nation is strong, and we will not accept any attempt to threaten or intimidate our liberties and our rights.”

Jewish leaders also called for calm and tolerance as some Muslims feared a backlash.

“We fight together with them (Muslims) for religious rights. We are moderates. We fight together against extremism and radicalism,” Dan Rosenberg Asmussen, chairman of the Danish Jewish Community, told a press conference.

People hold candles during a memorial service held for those killed on Saturday by a 22-year-old gunman, in Copenhagen February 16, 2015.  REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

People hold candles during a memorial service held for those killed on Saturday by a 22-year-old gunman, in Copenhagen February 16, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Thousands of Danes left flowers at the synagogue, walking in a quiet, solemn procession, with many also leaving both Danish and Israeli flags. A march by PEGIDA, the anti-Islam movement born in Germany, however, attracted only around 50 people.

Saturday’s cafe event was attended by Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has received death threats for drawings of the Prophet Mohammad, and by French ambassador Francois Zimeray, who likened the attacks to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris. Vilks and Zimeray were both unharmed.

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The killings shocked Danes who pride themselves on a welcoming and safe society, and fed into a national debate about the role of immigrants, especially Muslims. The populist Danish People’s Party, which campaigned against the building of a mosque here, has strong support in the polls. Read the rest of this entry »


Copenhagen Suspect Killed By Police

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Copenhagen shootings: Police kill man close to scene of deadly synagogue and cafe attacks

Danish police say they believe the man shot dead by officers in Copenhagen was responsible for two shootings in the city, at a freedom of expression event and a synagogue, which killed two people and wounded five.

“The man was hailed. He opened fire against the police and was then shot to death. The man has died. No police officers were hit.”

— police said in a statement

Police said video surveillance indicated the man was behind an attack at the panel discussion about Islam and free speech and the shooting of another man outside Copenhagen’s main synagogue.

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“We believe the same man was behind both shootings and we also believe that the perpetrator who was shot by the police action force at Noerrebro station is the person behind the two attacks.”

— Chief police inspector Torben Molgaard Jensen

One person was killed at the synagogue after being shot in the head. Two police officers in attendance at the synagogue were also injured during the attack which occurred just hours after another deadly shooting at a nearby cafe.

[Gallery: Two people killed, five officers wounded in Copenhagen attacks]

Michael Gelvan, chairman of the Nordic Jewish Security Council, said a bar mitzvah had been underway inside the synagogue and that the “young man” who was shot had been responsible for “access control”.

“We don’t know anything yet, it’s too early to guess,” he said about possible motives behind the killing. Read the rest of this entry »


BREAKING: Copenhagen Struck by Second Shooting

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Shooting at Danish Free-Speech Event Kills One; Police Report Another Shooting Near Synagogue

Updated Feb. 14, 2015 7:55 p.m. ET

Reporting by Anna Molin in Stockholm and Sam Schechner in Paris: A gunman killed one person and wounded three in Copenhagen on Saturday, when he tried to force his way into an event discussing Islam and free speech in the wake of the January attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

[An audio recording obtained exclusively by the BBC captures the moment two gunmen struck a free speech debate in the Danish capital, Copenhagen. A manhunt is underway for a suspect who targeted the event at the Krudttoennen cafe in the Oesterbro district of the city. Controversial Danish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who has drawn caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, is understood to have been present at the debate, as well as the French ambassador, Francois Zimeray. A speaker at the event is interrupted by a volley of shots.]

Later, police reported another shooting, near a synagogue in downtown Copenhagen. One person was shot in the head and two police officers were shot in the arms and legs, the Associated Press reported. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the incident was linked to the earlier shooting, police said.

‘I was inside; I had just reached back to my seat after delivering my speech, when I heard a gunshot…First I thought a closet had fallen on the ground, then that it was some fireworks.’

—French Ambassador to Denmark François Zimeray, speaking about the shooting at the free-speech event where he was present.

Police said after the earlier shooting that they were hunting a man dressed in a dark parka who sprayed dozens of gunshots through the plate-glass windows of the Krudttoenden cafe in central Copenhagen, where Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks and France’s ambassador to Denmark François Zimeray were attending an event hosted by the Lars Vilks committee. Neither Mr. Vilks nor Mr. Zimeray was injured.

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Authorities didn’t disclose the identity of the victim, saying only it was a male in his 40s who was present at the conference. Police said the motive for the shooting remained unclear, but that it was possible that Mr. Vilks was the target. The artist achieved notoriety nearly a decade ago for trying to exhibit caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad as a dog.

“Denmark has today been hit by a cynical act of violence,” said Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. “Everything suggests that the shooting in Osterbro was a political assassination and thus an act of terrorism.”

The attack unfolded Saturday afternoon around 4 p.m. local time at an event where the French ambassador was a keynote speaker, according to the French foreign ministry. Read the rest of this entry »


First, they come for the Cartoonists: ‘Jihad Jane’ Gets 10 Years in Plot to Kill Artist

A Pennsylvania woman, Colleen R. LaRose, who called herself "Jihad Jane" online pleaded guilty Tuesday to her role in a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist who had offended Muslims. WPVI/ABC News

A Pennsylvania woman, Colleen R. LaRose, who called herself “Jihad Jane” online pleaded guilty Tuesday to her role in a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist who had offended Muslims. WPVI/ABC News

By MARYCLAIRE DALE Associated Press:  A Pennsylvania woman who called herself “Jihad Jane” online and plotted to kill a Swedish artist was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison after telling a judge she was once obsessed with jihad.

Colleen LaRose had faced a potential life term. But Judge Petrese Tucker accepted a government request to reduce the sentence, because of her extensive cooperation with investigators.

Prosecutors still asked for decades in prison, fearing she remains dangerous.

Larose, 50, of Pennsburg, Pa., told the judge she once had thought about jihad from morning to night, saying she was “in a trance.”

“I don’t want to be into jihad no more,” she said.

She was sentenced to 10 years in prison plus five years of supervised release. She could be out in a little over four years, given the more than four years she has already served and the potential for time off for good behavior.

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Assassination Attempt on Mohammed Cartoonist Lars Vilks

The assassin is apprehended.

The assassin is apprehended

Malmo, Sweden: The Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who is on the death list of the terror network Al Qaeda because of his Mohammed cartoons, managed to escape an attack on Wednesday.

Vilks had just given an interview to the derStandard.at journalist Teresa Eder in Rönnquist & Rönnquist gallery in Malmö when an unknown man entered the gallery. He said he wanted to show Vilks some artworks that were inside a red suitcase. Vilks’ bodyguards refused the man entry and asked him to display the contents of his suitcase in front of the gallery. When they discovered a gun inside, they subdued the man. Five minutes later the police were also on the scene.

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