Incident Summary:

02/14/2015: An assailant opened fire on a Jewish synagogue hosting a Bat Mitzvah in Copenhagen, Capital, Denmark. One civilian security guard was killed and two 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

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Danish National Police
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Denmark
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Great Synagogue
Specific Description Synagogue
Nationality of Target Denmark
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
Two handguns were 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 / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
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.