Feb 16, 2015
The Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) struck again, this time in the heart of Europe. A lone gunman, reported by Danish media to be Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, targeted a discussion on the freedom of expression at the Copenhagen Denmark Krudttoenden cultural center, has terrorist ties according to Danish authorities.
Calling the strike a “cold-blooded act of terror” Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt explained that bullets from an automatic weapon sprayed the cafe where Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks was hosting an event titled “Art, Blasphemy and the Freedom of Expression.” However, the perpetrator missed the satirical cartoonist, instead killing a 55-year old documentary filmmaker. Police confirmed that at least two officers were wounded at the scene.
“We feel certain now that it was a politically motivated attack, and thereby it was a terrorist attack,” Thorning-Schmidt told Reuters shortly after the attack. “We are on high alert all over the country.”
Witnesses said they saw a single masked gunman running from the scene. This wasn’t the first time that Vilks has come under attack; the artist has survived multiple attempts on his life for his work depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
Unsurprisingly the White House withheld condemnation of radical Islam in their statement after the Danish terror attack. “The United States condemns today’s deplorable shooting in Copenhagen,” National Security Council (NSC) spokeswoman, Bernadette Meehan said. The administration sent their “condolences to the loved ones of the deceased victim.”
Once the gunman was identified, the Prime Minister said they launched a massive manhunt that ended early Sunday when Copenhagen police, shot and killed the 22-year-old native-born man. According to authorities, the gunman had a rap sheet filled with violence including weapon offenses. Copenhagen police were confident they killed the main perpetrator who was responsible for two terrorist attacks in Copenhagen.
“We face some difficult days when our unity will be tested. But in Denmark, we will never bow to the violence,” Thorning-Schmidt said. “We do not know the motive for the alleged perpetrator’s actions, but we know that there are forces that want to hurt Denmark. They want to rebuke our freedom of speech.”
The head of the Danish intelligence agency (PET) Jens Madsen said, investigators think radical Islam motivated the gunman. “PET is working on a theory that the perpetrator could have been inspired by the events in Paris. He could also have been inspired by material sent out by (the Islamic State group) and others,” he said.
A second attack at a Copenhagen synagogue left another man dead and three police officers wounded. The victim was 37-year-old Dan Uzan who was guarding the building during a bar mitzvah according to the Denmark’s Jewish Community. The man was shot in the head and died at the hospital from the injuries.
This terror attack marks the second hit in a month where an Islamic radical has killed those connected with “freedom of speech.” Twelve people were killed in Paris at Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine that often mocks Islam, Christians and politicians in Paris.
ISIS Marches onward
Meanwhile the march of ISIS continues its domination towards a Caliphate that hopes to reach the Western European world. European reports claim ISIS decapitated 21 Egyptian Coptic’s (Christians) living in Sirte, Libya and threatened to burn alive 17 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, who are fellow Sunni Muslims. However, unlike the indecisive West, ISIS has stepped up its assault on freedom by shocking its dissenters into submission using brutally murderous acts.
But what is America doing to stop the onslaught?
Former Defense Secretary and Obama supporter Leon Panetta told on CNN Sunday that ISIS “truly represents a whole new phase in the war on terrorism. We are dealing with enemy that is well funded, an enemy that has strong command and control and an enemy is well armed.”
The former DoD chief insisted intelligence agencies will have to play a strong role in developing Intel to eventually dismantle the self-professed Caliphate group. Panetta further stated it was important to build alliances that will help the U.S. and its allies and also urged that time was of the essence.
In the meantime, ISIS warns of new threats to France and Belgium…
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