One killed in Danish mosque shooting
A shooting incident outside a mosque in the Danish capital of Copenhagen has killed at least one person and wounded some others, police say.
Danish police officials say the shooting occurred in a parking lot next to the mosque after Muslim prayers marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, the Copenhagen Post reported.
Witnesses told local media that some 15-20 shots were fired from a car driving by as hundreds of worshippers were leaving the Muslim Cultural Institute.
“It’s horrible. It’s not a day of festivities anymore. I can’t stop thinking about the fact that it was a poor young man heading home to his parents to celebrate that Ramadan was over – and maybe some siblings sitting there waiting for him to come home and they were going to eat together and he’s not coming home now because somebody decided to kill him,” said Jibran Sarwar, one of the witnesses on the scene.
The Institute was founded in the late 1970, and includes both a mosque and several other facilities where Islam is being taught in Danish to children.
The institute has been frequented by many Muslims of South Asian origins. The developments come in backdrop of a dramatic rise of Islamophobia in several Western countries.