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Copenhagen free speech debate shooting: One dead

Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks has faced death threats for many years

Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks has faced death threats for many years

Gunmen have killed one person and injured three police officers at a free speech debate in Copenhagen attended by a controversial Swedish cartoonist, officials say.

The French ambassador was also present at the seminar.

Reports say up to 40 shots were fired and a manhunt has been launched.

Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who has previously faced death threats over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, was unhurt.

Shortly after the shooting, a message appeared on the Twitter feed of French ambassador Francois Zimeray saying he was still alive.

In an audio recording which emerged from the attack, one of the speakers at the debate is suddenly interrupted by a barrage of gunshots.

Eyewitness Niels Ivar Larsen, speaking to the Associated Press news agency, said: “I heard someone firing with an automatic weapon and someone shouting.

“Police returned fire and I hid behind the bar.”