(Update): PLO Slams Copenhagen Shooting as Act of Terror

RAMALLAH, February 16, 2015 (WAFA) – Member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, condemned the Copenhagen shooting, saying, “Attacks on civilians are absolutely unjustifiable, whether perpetrated by extremist individuals, groups or foreign governments.”

He said, “Terrorism knows no religion or nationality, and our opposition to such violence must be firmly united. We stand in solidarity with the Danish people and send our deepest condolences to the families of those who were killed and injured.”

A gunman in Copenhagen killed one person and injured three at a free speech debate attended by a Swedish cartoonist.

The cartoonist, Lars Vilks has been a frequent critic of Islam and who has previously drew controversial caricatures of the prophet Mohammad. He told media, the attacker was targeting him.

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt described the shooting as a ‘politically motivated’ act of terrorism.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also condemned the attack and affirmed its solidarity with the Danish government and people in the face of what it described as barbaric terrorism that has no religion or limits.

The ministry called on the international community to unit and form a wide front to face all types of terror and adopt actual steps to defend human rights everywhere.

The Copenhagen shooting came days after three Muslim Americans were gunned down by their neighbor in North Carolina University at Chapel Hill.

The family of the victims believed the man shot Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha and her sister Razan because of their faith.

Chapel Hill police have said the shooting may have been sparked by a dispute over parking, but relatives and millions of angered social media users described it as a hate crime.