Published on Feb 5, 2013 by SDAMatt2a
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.
A famous Danish writer and Islam critic, Lars Hedegaard, has been attacked in Copenhagen, media report. The 70-year-old wasn’t injured in the assault.
The gunman approached Lars Hedegaard under the guise of a postman but missed with a shot at him.
Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt condemned the shooting, saying: “It is even worse if the attack is rooted in an attempt to prevent Lars Hedegaard using his freedom of expression.”
Lars Hedegaard is the head of the Free Press Society. In 2011, he was fined for anti-Muslim comments. The writer is also known for campaigning in support of a right-wing Dutch politician, Geert Wilders, who has been very critical of Islam.
Voice of Russia, Interfax