Friends of Omar El-Hussein, the Islamist terrorist responsible for dual attacks over the weekend in Copenhagen, Denmark, including one at a synagogue, say he was “consumed with hatred of Jews,” local tabloid Ekstra Bladet reported on Monday.
“It was no coincidence that the 22-year-old presumed terrorist went after a Jewish synagogue when he was on a killing spree in Copenhagen late Saturday night,” the newspaper wrote. “According to several classmates, whom Ekstra Bladet has been in touch with, the 22-year-old harbored an intense hatred of Jews. Although he had Palestinian roots, he was born and raised in Denmark.”
“He was consumed with hatred of Jews and was very aggressive when he talked about the Israel-Palestine conflict, said a 22-year-old former classmate,” according to the paper.
El-Hussein was shot and killed after he was cornered by police in a narrow street near the railway station in Norrebro, about 4 kilometers from the scene of the synagogue attack, The New York Times reported. He had been released two weeks prior from police custody and is reported to have had a history of violence.
His victims included 37-year-old Dan Uzan, a security guard at the synagogue, and filmmaker Finn Norgaard, 55, who was killed in the earlier attack at a free speech event at a local cafe. Five policemen were also wounded in the attacks in the Danish capital.
Ekstra Bladet also reported that about 45 minutes prior to the first attack, a video was posted to El-Hussein’s Facebook page which featured a hymn about armed Jihad.
Additionally, according to the report, his Facebook profile reveals that he was a member of several groups supporting Palestinians.