At least one person was killed and another three, all policemen, wounded by unidentified gunmen who opened fire today at a cultural center hosting a debate on free speech and Islam in Copenhagen, police sources said. Fortunately, Francois Zimeray, the Ambassador of France to Denmark attending the debate, escaped unhurt from the scene of the shooting, termed by the French authorities as “a terrorist attack”.
Danish police have been in the hunt for the assailants who made good their escape from the scene by using a Volkswagen Polo. Security officials have been trying to track down the vehicle with the help of its license number. Zimeray, an eyewitness to the incident, talking to AFP, apprehended a January 7 attack by Jihadists at the office of Charlie Hebdo, the satirical newspaper, in Paris as the intentions of the attackers. The terrorists opened fire from outside as they could not force entry into the venue of the debate, he added. He further added that he imagined of at least 50 shots being fired, but the police put the figure at 200. He continued that as bullets pierced doors, everybody flung himself on the floor, and he along with a few others managed to flee the venue, but was still hiding within the premises for fear of repeated attacks as the attackers were still at large. Earlier, Zimeray commented on the Twitter that he was safe, and not wounded.
As per a report, Lars Vilks, the Swedish artist and author of the controversial cartoons on Prophet Mohammad published in the year 2007 that sparked protests all the world over was also present at the venue of the debate. Laurent Fabius, the French Foreign Minister, condemned the dastardly attack for targeting a public meeting, and sided with Danish authorities in the fight against terror. As per a communiqué from the office of the French President, Bernard Cazeneuve, the interior minister had started for the place of the attack.