They were also stationed outside the Israeli Embassy in Copenhagen hours before the start of Yom Kippur, an important holiday on the Jewish calender, when Muslims like to attack. Unprecedented use of soldiers in the capital since World War II follows deadly Islamic terrorist attacks in 2015 and a national terror threat level at ‘serious.’
Times of Israel The Danish military deployed troops in Copenhagen on Friday to guard the city’s synagogue and the Israeli embassy, hours ahead of the Yom Kippur Jewish holiday. The synagogue and the Israeli embassy have been under police protection since two deadly Islamic terror attacks in 2015.
“This is the first time soldiers are being used in this type of situation, so it’s unique,” Copenhagen police spokesman Rasmus Bernt Skovsgaard said.
Danish police have protected Jewish institutions in the country since Omar El-Hussein, a Danish citizen of Palestinian origin who swore allegiance to the Islamic State group, opened fire outside the synagogue, killing one Jewish man and wounding two police officers in 2015.
Hours earlier, El-Hussein attacked a cultural centre hosting a free speech and Islam forum attended by the controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who faced death threats for penning a caricature of the Prophet Mohammad. A filmmaker, Finn Norgaard, was killed in that attack. Police later killed El-Hussein.
Denmark’s (Islamic) terror threat level is “serious”, ranked four on a five-point scale, according to the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET).
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