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1 killed in shooting at mosque

Ethnic Pakistani youths clash at a mosque in Copenhagen; 1 killed

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One person was killed and two others reported injured in a shooting incident outside the Amerikavej mosque in Copenhagen, where Muslims were congregating to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

“The incident is related to the people who were present in the mosque, but not necessarily anything to do with the mosque or prayers. It is probably an internal dispute between people of Pakistani origin,” Dep. Chief Inspector Lau Thygesen tells

The person killed is reported to be a 21-year-old man. Details of the injured have not been released.

A large congregation was present inside and arriving at the mosque as tumultuous scenes developed outside among a group of young people.

An eyewitness told TV2News that the shooting came following a heated disagreement between young people.

“There was a disagreement between a group of young people and suddenly there were shots. I would say about 20 shots,” Kuran Qureshi said, adding “Everyone ran for cover and hid behind vehicles and whatever they could find. There were women and children there too.”

Police are searching for a heavily-built man, said to be around 30 and wearing a tunic and suede jacket. He is reported to have been driving a green van with number plates beginning with the letters RD.

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Edited by Julian Isherwood

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