According to the English-language The Copenhagen Post:
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
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.
Update: Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff has issued the following statement about today’s events:
It is with utmost disgust and abhorrence that I condemn the cowardly, but thankfully failed, attack on my friend and colleague Lars Hedegaard, the brave Danish advocate of freedom.
This assassination attempt is once again a prime example that there can be no dialog between the adherents of the Islamic faith and the rest of us. The tenets of the Islamic faith demand that those speaking the truth about Islam and Sharia law must either convert or be killed. We must urgently realize at this point just how far our freedoms have been eroded: more and more no-go Sharia zones in both the UK and Denmark; assassination attempts on critics of Islam; lawfare against critics of Islam; all of which is aimed at silencing those who stand up for freedom of speech and Western liberal principles.
Make no mistake: we will not be silenced nor will we give in. We are resolved in our stand against the forces of evil. We are resolved to continue our quest to reassert our God-given rights. We are for freedom. We love freedom. We will not submit.
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