Incident Summary:

02/14/2015: An assailant opened fire on a cultural center hosting a Free Speech debate in Copenhagen, Capital, Denmark. One civilian was killed and three police officers were wounded in the attack. This was one of two attacks in Copenhagen attributed to the same individual within hours of each other. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to an individual, identified as Omar El-Hussein.




Western Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Free Speech Debate
Nationality of Target Denmark
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Cartoonist: Lars Vilks
Nationality of Target Sweden
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
An M95 assault rifle was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"After Attacks, Denmark Hesitates to Blame Islam," The New York Times, February 19, 2015.
"Injuries in second Denmark shooting," BBC, February 15, 2015.
"Danish PM says Copenhagen shooting was terrorist attack," Reuters, February 14, 2015.