Last night (actually, early this morning) it was reported that there had been a shooting in the vicinity of the main Copenhagen Synagogue, but details on casualties were confused and vague. Sadly, this morning we learn that one man was killed, a member of the Jewish community who was safe-guarding a Batmitzvah celebration that was taking place inside the shul at that time.
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.”
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.
It now appears (though most people had no doubts) that it was the same terrorist who attacked the free speech event at a cafe, and the synagogue afterwards. The Danish police announced that they killed the terrorist in a shootout at a train station.
Danish police said they shot and killed the man responsible for the two shootings.
“We assume that it’s the same culprit behind both incidents, and we also assume that the culprit that was shot by the police task force on Norreport station is the person behind both of these assassinations,” Chief police inspector Torben Molgaard Jensen told reporters.
I suppose we ought not to be surprised or shocked that the Danish police did not provide the extra security as requested by the Jewish community after the first shooting.
“We had contacted the police after the shooting at Café Krudttønden to have them present at the bat-mitzva, but unfortunately this happened anyway,” Asmussen told Denmark’s TV 2 News, as reported in The Guardian. “I dare not think about what would have happened if (the killer) had access to the congregation.”
May Hashem avenge the blood of the Jewish synagogue guard and also the victim at the cafe shooting.
Here are some apposite tweets about the attacks: