1 killed, 2 injured in shooting near Danish mosque

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Posted: Aug 30, 2011 11:01 AM
1 killed, 2 injured in shooting near Danish mosque

A man was killed and two others were injured after a shooting outside a Copenhagen mosque following prayers to mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan on Tuesday, police said.

Police spokesman Lau Thygesen said the shooting took place outside the Muslim Culture Institute, located in the Danish capital's western Vesterbro district, and that the roads surrounding the mosque and a nearby car park have been cordoned off.

"After the prayer, there apparently was some kind of quarrel between two groups. I don't know if both (groups) had been inside the mosque," Thygesen said. "The quarrel turned into a scuffle which was followed by the shooting."

Two other people were injured in the melee, one of whom fled in a car and was later found in a hospital in the Swedish city of Malmo, that is located across a waterway from Copenhagen, Thygesen said.

Ho arrests have been made but police were on the lookout for "several perpetrators," he said.

A spokesman for the Muslim institute, who declined to give his name before hanging up the telephone, told The Associated Press that the incident took place on a parking lot next to the mosque as hundreds of people were leaving the 9 a.m. prayer service.

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

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 boys and girls are tought about Islam in Danish.