Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

One dead in Denmark mosque shooting

Police at the scene following a shooting outside the Muslim Culture Institute mosque in Copenhagen (AP)

One person has been killed in a shooting outside a mosque in the Danish capital Copenhagen.

At least two other people were injured in the shooting after a prayer service marking the end of Ramadan.

The incident happened outside the Muslim Culture Institute mosque, located in western Copenhagen.

Police spokesman Lau Thygesen later said roads surrounding the mosque and a nearby car park had been cordoned off.

A spokesman for the Muslim institute said the incident took place in a car park next to the mosque as hundreds of people were leaving the prayer service.

Kuran Qureshi, who attended the prayers, told Danish broadcaster TV2 that he had witnessed two groups of "younger men having some kind of argument" on the parking lot just before the shooting started.

Mr Qureshi said he had heard "15, maybe 20 shots," as he drove away from the area with his 10-year-old son. "I saw people, women, children ducking and hiding behind cars. It was really unpleasant."

The Muslim Cultural Institute was founded in the late 1970s by Pakistani immigrants. It includes a mosque as well as facilities where Islam is being taught to boys and girls in Danish.

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