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Posted at 9:47 PM ET, 01/ 1/2010

Danish cartoonist who caricatured Muhammad faces alleged armed intruder

By Michael Cavna

The Danish Muhammad-cartoon controversy remains as potentially lethal as ever.

A Somali man allegedly tried to break into the Aarhus residence of Danish political cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, who has faced death threats for his illustrations of the Muslim prophet, various news organizations are reporting. Police said an unidentified man was shot after wielding a knife and an ax at the cartoonist's home.

(UPDATE: Danish law-enforcement intelligence said Saturday that the "attempted assassination is...terror-related" and that they believe the Somali man has ties to al-Qaeda, Reuters reported. The man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder.)

Police reportedly shot the man in the left hand and right leg; he was hospitalized but not seriously injured, authorities said.

In 2005, Westergaard caricatured Muhammad wearing a lighted bomb as a turban; the cartoon was for the publication Morgenavisen Jullands Posten. The caricature prompted controversy in the Muslim world in 2006, when the cartoon was reprinted in numerous newspapers.

In 2008, Westergaard, 74, said he feared for his life after Danish authorities arrested several people believed to be planning to kill the cartoonist. In this weekend's alleged attack, the cartoonist reportedly retreated to a "panic room" with his 5-year-old granddaughter.

In recent years, the Comedy Central show "South Park" has caricatured Jesus Christ but reportedly was not allowed by the network to caricature Muhammad. Last year, a book published by Yale University Press that dealt with the Danish newspaper controversy drew criticism from rights and journalism organizations for choosing not to reprint any of the Muhammad cartoons that sparked the uproar..

By Michael Cavna  | January 1, 2010; 9:47 PM ET
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Murder should never be condoned in any case. However, it is saddening that this cartoonist is still around to spread his white racist hatred. He shall meet his justice in the afterlife. I certainly do not envy him. I also wonder if it was truly necessary to shoot the intruder. Sounds like white europeons are not as "liberal" as we thought.

Posted by: peaceandjusticenow | January 2, 2010 6:00 AM | Report abuse

What is the IQ of that Somali?
Is a cartoonist worse than a failed state and many young Somalis turned into pirates or beggars in Saudi Arabia and Yemen?
God will give him 72 virgins if he helps rebuild his home country rather than running around killing people for religions and cultures he hasn't even chosen by himself.

Posted by: Makiz | January 2, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Pathetic. A bunch of innocent people get blown in at a volleyball game in Pakistan in the name of Islam, girls schools get blown up in Afghanistan in the name of Islam, and what does the Islamic world get angry over? Cartoons. Truly pathetic. Freedom of speech and expression get the Islamic world angrier than murder in their name.

Posted by: louisp3 | January 2, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse


From you post is is obvious that know little or nothing about peace or justice.

"However, it is saddening that this cartoonist is still around to spread his white racist hatred."

That is a banal and mindless comment at best. Nothing that Kurt Westergaard did could be considered hatefull or racist. He made a valid observation that at this point in time, Islam is being misused by some extremeist followers as a justification for murderous cowardly activities (as Christianity was,and sometimes still is.) Additionally to insinuate that a criticism of such activities (done under the guise of Muhammad's turban) is "white racism" is idiotic. Many Arabs, including some fo the 9/11 bombers would qualify as caucasians, which would make them "white".

"He shall meet his justice in the afterlife."

He has done nothing wrong to justify any form of justice being set upon him.

"I also wonder if it was truly necessary to shoot the intruder."

That proves that you are truly without intelligence. The intruder deserved to be shot (and in fact the police screwed up as they left a terrorist alive.)

"Sounds like white europeons are not as "liberal" as we thought."

Another mindless comment. The notion it had anything to do with race is idiotic. And the idea that liberals would allow a murderer (or one who is attempting murder) to go free is garbage.

Posted by: compchiro | January 2, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Why don't Muslim leaders condemn a religiously motivated attempted murder perpetrated in the name of Islam?

Posted by: Baxter24 | January 3, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

If any of you wonder why Muslims are the ones who are "terrorists", attacking other people like this cartoonist and ploting attacks and suicide bombers;
You should seek answer in this:
There are currently three major wars in the world and most of the victims are Muslims!!!! What do you really expect; a retailiation of Jews or Hindus or Christians. Be realistic; one particular religion and its people don't attack others for no damn reason. I am not approving any attacks or revenges, but I do understand that we can all end up having our own soil as battlefield.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | January 3, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

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