Danish cartoonist ‘attacker’ recovering and facing attempted murder charges
January 2, 2010
(ChattahBox) – A Somali man is now under heavy guard and expected to recover at a Danish hospital Saturday, after he was shot and wounded by police while breaking into the home of an artist whose cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad outraged the Muslim world. The man, 28, is reportedly connected to the radical Islamist al-Shabaab militia and al-Qaeda leaders in East Africa, claims Denmark’s PET intelligence service via the Times Online. He was armed with an axe and a knife, when he smashing a window screaming ‘blood’ and ‘revenge’ at the home of Kurt Westergaard at 10pm local time on Friday, police said. Westergaard, who had his five-year-old granddaughter staying with him, was able to hide in a panic room in his bathroom and signal the police using an inbuilt alarm button. Officers who arrived at the house within two minutes shot the intruder after he tried to attack them with an axe. He will be charged with attempted murder, according to Jakob Scharf, head of PET.
Westergaard, 74, was commissioned by the Jyllands-Posten newspaper to produce caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed five years ago, including one which depicted the Prophet with a bomb in his turban that sparked great outrage. Islamic law forbids any images depicting their founding prophet, and Westergaard, received several death threats since the cartoon was published.