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Ahmed Akkari, a Danish Islamic leader who traveled to the Middle East in 2006 to provoke reaction against a Danish newspaper's publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, said he regretted his action now because it resulted in the curtailment of civil rights of Muslim groups in Denmark. He still blames the newspaper for the "ordeal."
Police are looking for a Danish-speaking man with "Middle Eastern traits" who attempted to assassinate Danish free speech advocate and Islam critic Lars Hedegaard yesterday. PET, the domestic intelligence agency, cautioned that it can never "offer full protection to people who make controversial statements in the public debate and thereby become potential targets of violent extremism."
Lars Hedegaard, president of the Danish Free Press Society and a critic of Islam, survived an assassination attempt outside his home. The assailant fired and missed, then fled when his gun jammed. Shortly thereafter, two men in ski masks were seen jumping into the hippopotamus enclosure at the nearby Copenhagen Zoo. In 2011 Hedegaard was cleared of a racism charge for anti-Muslim comments made at a party.
'Kaldet til Islam' (The Call to Islam), a radical Danish Muslim group, regularly follows the sermons of Omar Bakri, a Syrian extremist cleric now imprisoned in Lebanon who has praised the 9/11 attacks and said anyone who insults the Prophet Mohammed should be killed. Parliament is beefing up security due to the rising risk of a terrorist bombing.
The Israeli ambassador advised Jews in Denmark to avoid wearing Jewish faith symbols in public in order to avoid harassment. Authorities have urged Jews to be especially cautious in Copenhagen's multiethnic Nørrebro district.
Three men arrested in April on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack were sentenced to 18 months in prison on weapons charges. One defendant said the weapons were intended for Syrian rebel fighters; another, a Jordanian, was an al Qaeda sympathizer.