Jewish security guard killed in Copenhagen synagogue shooting, terrorist killed by police

The Great Synagogue in central Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo: Wikipedia.

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:


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14 Responses to Jewish security guard killed in Copenhagen synagogue shooting, terrorist killed by police

  1. cba says:

    According to the ToI article
    “The man, whose identity was not made public, was reported to have prevented a much larger attack at the site, according to Israel Radio.”

    May the memory of this TRUE martyr be for a blessing.

    • anneinpt says:

      Oh, wow, I hadn’t seen that article when I posted. Thank you for the link. You’re right, he is a true martyr who died for Kiddush Hashem (sanctifying G-d’s name) by protecting other people with his life.

      We used to think of shul guards as a bit of a laugh, just hanging around doing not very much. But all of a sudden it’s not very funny any more. I wonder if the guards at Jewish community centers and synagogues are armed? If not, how are they supposed to protect their people?

  2. cba says:

    A friend of mine in Copenhagen lives round the corner from the synagogue. She’s safe but she heard the shots and the police told everyone they had to stay in their homes. I think she’s pretty shocked.

    • anneinpt says:

      Oy vey! It’s so much more scary when people we know are involved, however marginally. I hope your friend and her family stay safe. Who’d have thought we’d have to be careful in Denmark of all places?

      • Debby says:

        Yes, I was just in Copenhagen in September (my grandma was born there and I recently found her birth family)… In short time I’ve come to care very deeply for my 2nd cousin there, and I felt so threatened for her…

  3. Debby says:

    Anne, I was very impressed with the Danish Prime Minister response to this. She stated specifically that Denmark would do everything they could to protect their Jewish community. While we could expect our potus to respond in general sad terms to a shooting like this, while never acknowledging even the term “terrorist” and defending Islam and possibly even taking the opportunity to turn this into an “Arab/Jewish” conflict that has somehow encroached onto other communities and ultimately blaming Israel… this is not what the Danish Prime Minister did. She defended free speech and she defended the Jewish community and she used a few adjectives prior to using the term terrorist to describe this attack. If anything I am watching to see if our potus responds to all this by verbally attacking Denmark or the PM in general for their pro free speech and pro Jewish response.

    • anneinpt says:

      You’re right Debby, the Danish PM’s reaction was commendable and I was impressed with her outspokenness.

      I’m waiting for a wishy-washy condenmation by Obama of a “random” shooting of “random” folks at a synagogue and “random” folks who happen to “randomly” draw cartoons at a free speech event. He really is quite pathetic.

      • Debby says:

        We will see. 😦 I don’t know of any of our past presidents that behaved in this manner.

        • anneinpt says:

          You have my sympathies if it’s any help. I think Obama is in a stand-alone category all of his own as the worst ever president, worse even than Carter, and that takes some doing!

          • Debby says:

            Did you hear that the ISIS killers of the 20 Egyptian Christians quoted Obama and called the young men they killed “crusaders”? I think that Swedish artist would do well to draw these ISIS killers with Obama’s face transposed onto their bodies… Maybe a golf club in place of their sword…

  4. Pete says:

    very sorry to see this. prayers for the families of the victims, and also policemen as well.

    Pete, USA

  5. Reality says:

    May the family of the man killed על קידוש השם-as a martyr sanctifying G-d’s holy name be comforted amonst the mourners of Zion.ה’יקום דמו
    As we have said all along,when the world couldn’t have cared less what happened to Israelis /Jews at the hands of Hamas ,Palestinians,Hezbollah etc..,eventually after the Jews they’ll come after YOU.How does it feel Europe?Are you worried yet?Obama are you still convinced these are random thugs?Wake up and smell the roses.Islam is producing more terrorists than any other a spade a spade.Islam =(mostly)terrorism.

    • anneinpt says:

      Europe is – very slowly – waking up. I think. Obama is in a permanent state of denial. I have to admit I felt sorry for Jen Psaki the other day having to defend Obama’s ridiculous statement that the Paris attacks were “random violence”. I could almost feel her squirm and could almost read her desperate thoughts “Get me outta here!”.

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