Sunday 21 January 2018

Terror attack on Danish cartoonist foiled by police

Danish police have shot a Somali man linked to al-Qa'ida who tried to enter the home of an artist who drew cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

The 28-year-old, who was armed with an axe and a knife, went to the home of Kurt Westergaard at 10pm on Friday.

Police shot him in the leg and arm and he was arrested. The man, who is expected to recover, was charged with two counts of attempted murder.

Mr Westergaard (74) was commissioned by the 'Jyllands-Posten' newspaper to produce caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed in 2005, including one which depicted the prophet with a bomb in his turban.

Mr Westergaard was at his home in Viby near the western city of Aarhus with his five-year-old granddaughter when the attacker tried to get in.

"I locked myself in our safe room," he said. "It was scary."

Officers arrived two minutes later to arrest the assailant.

Jakob Scharf, head of Danish intelligence service, PET, said the attack was "terror related," and that the attacker had "close relations to the Somali terrorist group, al-Shabaab, and al-Qa'ida". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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