Saturday, 2 January 2010

Attempted murder of Danish 'Mohammed' cartoonist

A Somalian man was today charged with attempted murder after breaking into the house of a controversial cartoonist in Denmark.

The 28-year-old smashed a window to get into Kurt Westergaard's home last night, forcing him to take refuge in a safe room.

Officers arrived at the property in Aarhus within minutes to find the man with 'an axe and a knife in either hand' and shot him in the knee and on his left arm.

The Somalian was carried into court on a stretcher where he was charged with two counts of attempted murder relating to Westergaard and a police officer.

Westergaard, 75, sparked outrage in 2005 when he drew a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed with a bomb-shaped turban.

He was one of the 12 cartoonists commissioned by the Danish Jyllands-Posten newspaper to produce caricatures of the Muslim prophet.

Islamic law generally opposes any depiction of the prophet, even favorable, for fear it could lead to idolatry.

Muslims were particularly incensed by Westergaard's cartoon, which portrayed Mohammed with a bomb in his turban and was seen as extending the caricature of Muslims as terrorists. The images sparked protests and outrage across the globe.

Story taken from the Daily Mail. Full story HERE


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