Leaked document in Denmark: Terrorist carried Quran during attack

Translated from Berlingske:

“Concealment: Omar el-Hussein carried a Quran

For almost a year, the authorities have failed to disclose that Omar el-Hussien carried a Qur’an on the day of his attack.

Copenhagen: A year after the attack in Copenhagen on 14 and 15 February, it emerge that the 22-year-old Omar el-Hussein had a small Quran in gold letters on him when he was shot and killed by police.

This learns Radio24syv.

Former head of operations in PET (Police Intelligence Service), Hans Jørgen Bonnichsen, is surprised that the authorities have withheld this information so long.

‘I find it difficult to see that this detail could have been withheld to protect the investigations. But it may be because the police did not want to connect Islam and terrorism, and that it would guard against revenge attacks in the days following,’ he says to Radio24syv.

Peter Kofod Poulsen from the Danish Peoples’ Party believes it is “remarkable” that the police have not told “the whole truth.”

‘It is an interesting detail that has not been disclosed. It is impossible to say whether the police deliberately failed to tell it, but we will find out. So I will now ask the Minister of Justice, he says to Radio24syv.

Omar el-Hussein was, according Radio24syvs information at his death, in possession of a small blue Koran in Arabic script. He had left a bookmark Sura 21, entitled: “Profeterne”.

The verses are about the battle between the good and the evil infidels.

According to Professor in Quran research at the faculty of theology at the University of Copenhagen, Thomas Jøhnk Hoffmann, it is speculative to interpret the verses into Omar el-Hussein deeds. But with the caveat he says to Radio24syv:

‘One might imagine that el-Hussein identified himself and his actions with of verses from the Quran speaking of punishment of the wicked people. Especially the verses of Abraham smashing the idols can be interpreted as an allusion to Free Speech event (which el-Hussein attacked) where artists, so to speak, produced idols, he says.”

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