Saturday, February 14, 2015

Man Killed in Denmark by Men Targeting Artist; Lars Vilks Drew Mohammed as Dog, Gets Away

One person was killed today (February 14, 2015) when two gunmen -- believed to be Muslims -- opened fire on a Copenhagen blasphemy seminar in an apparent assassination attempt on a Swedish artist who had received death threats for publishing cartoons of the Islamic prophet Mohammed as a dog, according to the USA Today website.

Lars Vilks, 68, was hustled into the kitchen of the Krudttoenden cafe by bodyguards and was unharmed. Three police officers were wounded. Police said the dead victim was a 40-year-old man.

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt called the shooting "a cynical act of violence." She added it had all the signs of a political assassination attempt and an "act of terrorism."

Officers at the scene regarded the attack as an assassination attempt on Vilks, Copenhagen Police Incident Commander Jorgen Petersen told the Danish newspaper "Ekstra Bladet."

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