The Great Synagogue in central Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo: Wikipedia.
The civilian who was shot and killed earlier on Sunday in the terrorist attack on the Great Synagogue in central Copenhagen, Denmark, was revealed to have been a member of the Jewish Community, who was guarding the synagogue at the time of the shooting.
Dan Rosenberg Asmussen, head of the local Jewish community told Danish television a few moments ago that around 80 people from the community were gathered inside the house of worship for a bat-mitzva celebration at the time of the attack.
“The Community is in shock, it is like the shootings in Paris,” Rosenberg Asmussen said, “we had contacted the police after the shooting at Café Krudttønden to have them present at the bat-mitzva, but unfortunately this happened anyway.”
Rosenberg Asmussen said he was not present at the celebration.
The victim, said to be a young man, was shot in the head and two policemen were also shot in the arm and leg in the attack, according to reports. Officials say it is unclear if the attack is connected to an earlier deadly assault on a cafe in the city.
Officials said the earlier attack, which saw one man killed after hundreds of shots were fired into the Krudttoenden Cafe, was likely a terror attack.
The Cafe was hosting a debate on freedom of speech which was attended by Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has been threatened with death for his cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.
Following the first attack, Denmark’s Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, said, “We feel certain now that it’s a religiously motivated attack, and thereby it is a terrorist attack. We take this situation extremely seriously. We are in a high alarm all over the country, and our main priority at this stage is to catch the perpetrators and make sure that we find them as soon as possible.”
Source:: The Algemeiner