Islam critic survives assassination attempt

Assailant’s gun jammed after firing first shot – police now searching for two men wearing ski masks seen climbing into Copenhagen Zoo

February 5th, 2013 2:35 pm| by admin
facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail

The renowned anti-Islam journalist and scholar Lars Hedegaard reportedly survived an assassination attempt outside his home on Pelargonieviej in Frederiksberg this morning.

According to Ritzau, the assailant fled when his gun jammed after firing the first shot at around 11:20.

“A man shot at the victim but he missed and the bullet went over his head,” police commissioner Lars-Christian Borg told Ritzau. “When he tried to fire again, the pistol clicked and the assailant ran away.”

While Borg would not confirm the identity of the assassin’s target, a neighbour of Hedegaard’s told Politiken newspaper that he was the target.

“He told me that a man had approached him with a package and when he went to take it the man fired at him,” the neighbour told Politiken.

After first sealing off Hedegaard’s street, police have now also cordoned off Copenhagen Zoo after two men wearing ski masks were seen jumping over the wall to the zoo into the hippopotamus enclosure.

Berlingske newspaper reports that witnesses reported hearing what sounded like a gunshot at around 13:50.

Police say the man that fired the shot was wearing a red coat, is around 30 years of age and has dark skin and thick, dark hair.

Hedegaard was charged with racism after he made a series of critical statements about Islam and Muslims that included comparing Islam to Nazism and the claim that Muslims rape their own children. He was eventually cleared by the High Court in 2011.

Witnesses to the shooting incident are asked to call 114.

Danes often buy cheap food in bulk on discount and freeze it before they throw it out (photo: iStock)
Danes postpone food waste by freezing their food and then not eating it
Every year, Danes throw out 700,000 tonnes of food, of which 260,000 tonnes...
The marble church Marmorkirken continues to provide hurdles (photo: iStock)
Metro City Ring facing new delays
The ongoing construction of the Metro City Ring is facing further delays at...
Learning Danish is particularly difficult for the elderly, mentally impaired and low-educated (photo: iStock)
Danish government upping language requirements for citizenship applicants
Foreigners seeking Danish citizenship will have to pass a new advanced leve...
Some 2,142 out of the 5,174 asylum-seekers who came to Denmark came from Syria (photo: iStock)
Huge spike in asylum approval rate in Denmark
The asylum approval rate has increased significantly in 2015, according to ...
Tonnes of functioning electronics thrown out every year (photo: Milton Creek)
Tonnes of functioning electronics thrown out every year
Large quantities of mobile phones, computers, kitchen appliances and other ...
(photo: iStock)
Ink this date on your arm!
Sep 5-7; Christiania’s Den Grå Hal; 125kr; inkexpo.dk the Ink Expo is...