Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 16th 2015 Contents A17
• Twitter: @GuardianTT • Web: guardian.co.tt
yesterday a teenage female suicide
bomber killed 16 and injured more than
30 when she blew herself up at
crowded bus station in northeastern
The girl managed to get through the
security check at the entrance to the
bus station and detonated herself
around 1 pm. .
Witness Hassan Umar said the dead
and injured were mostly children
selling goods in the station.
Umar saw the remains of the suicide
bomber and said she was a teenager.
No one has yet claimed
responsibility for the bombing but it
fits the pattern of violence by Boko
Haram, Nigeria's homegrown Islamic
extremist group that caused an
estimated 10,000 deaths last year.
Female suicide bomber kills 16
COPENHAGEN---Danish police yes-
terday shot and killed a man suspect-
ed of carrying out early morning
shooting attacks at a free speech event
and then at a Copenhagen synagogue,
killing a Danish documentary film-
maker and a member of the Scandi-
navian country s Jewish community.
Five police officers were also wound-
ed in the attacks.
"Denmark has been hit by terror,"
Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorn-
"We do not know the motive for
the alleged perpetrator s actions, but
we know that there are forces that
want to hurt Denmark. They want to
rebuke our freedom of speech."
Jens Madsen, head of the Danish
intelligence agency PET, said investi-
gators believe the gunman was inspired
by Islamic radicalism.
"PET is working on a theory that
the perpetrator could have been
inspired by the events in Paris. He
could also have been inspired by mate-
rial sent out by (the Islamic State group)
and others," Madsen said.
Islamic radicals carried out a mas-
sacre at the Charlie Hebdo newsroom
in Paris last month, followed by an
attack on Jews at a kosher grocery
store, taking the lives of 17 victims.
At a news conference Madsen also
said investigators have identified the
suspect and that he is someone who
had been on the agency s "radar." He
did not reveal his identity.
The Danish Film Institute said the
55-year-old man killed at the free
speech event was documentary film-
maker Finn Noergaard.
The institute s chief Henrik Bo
Nielsen said he was shocked and angry
to find out Noergaard was gunned
down while attending a discussion on
art and free speech.
Noergaard directed and produced
documentaries for Danish television,
including the 2004 "Boomerang boy"
about an Australian boy s dreams to
become a world boomerang champion
and the 2008 "Le Le" about Viet-
namese immigrants in Denmark.
Denmark s Chief Rabbi, Jair Mel-
chior, identified the Jewish victim as
Dan Uzan, 37, a longtime security guard
for the 7,000-strong community. He
was guarding a building behind the
synagogue during a bat mitzvah when
he was shot in the head. Two police
officers who were there were slightly
Israel s Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu decried the attack and said
his government plans to encourage a
"massive immigration" of Jews from
"Again, Jews were murdered on
European soil just because they were
Jews," Netanyahu said at the start of
his Cabinet meeting yesterday.
"This wave of attacks is expected
to continue, as well as murderous anti-
Semitic attacks. Jews deserve security
in every country, but we say to our
Jewish brothers and sisters, Israel is
Other leaders also condemned the
attacks, including British Prime Min-
ister David Cameron, German Chan-
cellor Angela Merkel and EU President
The first shooting occurred before
4 pm Saturday when the gunman used
an automatic weapon to shoot through
the windows of the Krudttoenden cul-
tural centre during a panel discussion
on freedom of expression featuring a
Swedish artist who had caricatured
the Prophet Muhammad. The artist,
Lars Vilks, was whisked away
unharmed by his bodyguards, but
Noergaard was killed and three police
officers were wounded.
The attack at the synagogue
occurred hours later, shortly before 1
About four hours later, the shooter
was confronted by police as he returned
to an address that they were keeping
under surveillance. Investigators
described him as 25 to 30 years old
with an athletic build and carrying a
black automatic weapon. They released
a blurred photograph of the suspect
wearing dark clothes and a scarf cov-
ering part of his face. (AP)
BERLIN---Police in the German
city of Braunschweig cancelled
a popular Carnival street parade
yesterday because of fears of an
imminent Islamist terror attack.
Police spokesman Thomas
Geese said police received credible
information that there was a
"concrete threat of an attack with
an Islamist background" on yes-
terday s parade and therefore
called on all visitors to stay at
"Together with city officials
and organisers we evaluated the
information and then, at very
short notice, decided to cancel
the street parade," Geese told the
Geese said the parade was can-
celled less than 90 minutes before
its scheduled start and that "many
people arriving at the train station
from out of town were already
dressed up and very disappoint-
ed---but we didn t want to take
Braunschweig s Carnival parade
is the biggest one in northern
Germany and draws around
250,000 visitors each year.
Geese denied to give further
details regarding the nature of the
threat, but did say that the warn-
ing came from intelligence
The city s mayor, Ulrich
Markurth, said the cancellation
marked a "sad day for our city ...
and a sad day for our democratic
Organisers and city officials
announced that the many march-
ing bands, which had planned to
participate in the parade, would
instead play their music at the
city s town hall in the afternoon.
Braunschweig s police chief
Michael Pientka told German
public radio NDR that there was
no connection to the terror attacks
in Copenhagen, Denmark, where
an attacker killed two men this
weekend, one at a free speech
event and the other at a syna-
Kitarovic was sworn in as Croa-
tia s first female president yes-
terday after a surprise election
victory in the European Union s
newest member state.
The nationalist won the largely
ceremonial presidency by edging
liberal incumbent Ivo Josipovic
in a runoff vote in January amid
deep discontent over economic
woes in Croatia.
The inauguration ceremony of
Grabar-Kitarovic, a former foreign
minister, ambassador to Wash-
ington and an ex-assistant to the
NATO secretary general, was
attended by thousands of cheer-
ing supporters at a square in the
old part of the capital, Zagreb.
Dozens of regional leaders and
foreign officials attended the
After taking her oath, Grabar-
Kitarovic said she will work on
making Croatia---which has a 20
per cent unemployment rate and
a six-year recession---"a rich
She said that after Croatia
joined the EU in 2013, "I wish we
start living the lives of people in
the European Union."
During her election campaign
she used tough words about
neighbouring Serbia, Croatia s foe
during the war for independence
in the 1990s. But on Sunday she
called for resolving the differences
and said all neighbours should
join the EU for the sake of lasting
peace in southeastern Europe.
"We are seeking for a better
life in the future, without looking
to the past," she said. (AP)
Terrorists strike fear
2 killed at public events in Denmark
Terror threat forces
shelving of Carnival event
Croatia's first female
president takes office
Croatia's first female president.
work at the
scene of a
shooting at a
shot and killed a
of carrying out
attacks at the
event and then
killing two men.
also wounded in
Links Archive February 15th 2015 February 17th 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page