Danish mosque shooting: 1 killed, 2 injured

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 23:58

Copenhagen: A shooting outside a Copenhagen
mosque after prayers to mark the end of the Muslim fasting
month of Ramadan has left one person dead and at least two
people injured, police said on Tuesday.

Police spokesman Lau Thygesen said the shooting took
place outside the Muslim Culture Institute, located in the
Danish capital`s western Vesterbro district, and that the
roads surrounding the mosque and a nearby car park have been
cordoned off. Thygesen could not immediately provide more
details.

A spokesman for the Muslim institute, who declined to
give his name before hanging up the telephone, told The
Associated Press that the incident took place on a parking lot
next to the mosque as hundreds of people were leaving the 9 am
prayer service.

Kuran Qureshi, who attended the prayers, told Danish
broadcaster TV2 in a live interview that he had witnessed two
groups of "younger men having some kind of argument" on the
parking lot just before the shooting started.

Qureshi said he had heard "15, maybe 20 shots," as he
drove away from the area with his 10-year-old son. "I saw
people, women, children ducking and hiding behind cars. It was
really unpleasant."

The Muslim Cultural Institute was founded in the late
1970s by Pakistani immigrants. It includes a mosque as well as
facilities where Islam is being taught to boys and girls in
Danish.

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 23:58
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