After a frantic search that involved "all the country's police forces", Danish police officers managed to track down and kill the man they believe was responsible for two attacks in the capital. An attack at a free speech event saw one person killed, while another person died in an apparently related attack at a Synagogue.


The attack on a Copenhagen cafe seem to be directed towards a free speech event titled "Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression" that was taking place there. Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks was at the event when a gunman stormed in and open fired, killing a 55-year old and injuring three others. Vilks has been threatened by religious extremists in the past, related to controversy depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad in a number of cartoons.


Just hours after the attack on the cafe, that began at 4 p.m., a gunman approached two officers at a Copenhagen Synagogue and started shooting. The Jewish Society of Denmark said that a 37-year old man Dan Uzan, who was providing security for a confirmation party, died in the attack, while the officers present were wounded. They said: "The Jewish Society is in shock about the attack, but everyone's thoughts are first and foremost with Dan's family and friends, and with the wounded police officers and their families."


Authorities have yet to name the suspect, but they revealed that they have no evidence that link the suspect to any groups. They first identified the suspect from surveillance footage, where he was seen travelling in a taxi. Police interviewed the taxi driver and monitored the address where he was dropped off. When police tried to contact the suspect at the office, he open fired. The police killed him in retaliation, but no one was wounded.


This attack comes just a month after the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine, in Paris. The magazine had published a series of cartoons that was considered blasphemous by extremist religious groups. That incident was followed by an attack on a kosher grocery store in the French capital. A total of 17 people died in the Paris attacks.
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