WARARKA BARAAWEPOST Sunday 3 janury 2010
Danish Police Stop Attack on Cartoonist
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jakob Scharf, who heads the PET intelligence service, said a 28-year-old
The attack on the artist, whose rendering was among 12 that led to the torching of Danish diplomatic offices in predominantly Muslim countries in 2006, was ''terror related,'' Scharf said in a statement.
''The arrested man has according to PET's information close relations to the Somali terrorist group, al-Shabaab, and al-Qaida leaders in eastern
Scharf said without elaborating that the man is suspected of having been involved in terror related activities during a stay in east
Police shot the Somali man in a knee and a hand, authorities said. Preben Nielsen of the police in
The man, who had a staying permit in
It was unclear whether the suspect managed to actually get inside the home of the 75-year-old cartoonist in
Westergaard, who had his 5-year-old granddaughter on a sleepover, called police and sought shelter in a specially made safe room in the house, Nielsen said. Police arrived two minutes later and tried to arrest the assailant, who wielded an ax at a police officer. The officer then shot the man.
Westergaard could not be reached for comment. He told his employer, the Jyllands-Posten daily, that the assailant shouted ''revenge'' and ''blood'' as he tried to enter the bathroom where Westergaard and the child had sought shelter.
''My grandchild did fine,'' Westergaard said, according to the newspaper's Web edition. ''It was scary. It was close. Really close. But we did it.''
Westergaard was ''quite shocked'' but was not injured, Nielsen said.
Westergaard remains a potential target for extremists nearly five years after he drew a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban. The drawing was printed along with 11 others in Jyllands-Posten in 2005.
The drawings triggered an uproar a few months later when Danish and other Western embassies in several Muslim countries were torched by angry protesters who felt the cartoons had profoundly insulted Islam.
Islamic law generally opposes any depiction of the prophet, even favorable, for fear it could lead to idolatry.
Westergaard, whose provocative cartoon thrust
The case ''again confirms the terror threat that is directed at
In October, terror charges were brought against two
In 2008, Danish police arrested two Tunisian men suspected of plotting to murder Westergaard. Neither suspect was prosecuted. One of them was deported and the other was released Monday after an immigration board rejected PET's efforts to expel him from
Throughout the crisis, then-Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen distanced himself from the cartoons but resisted calls to apologize for them, citing freedom of speech and saying his government could not be held responsible for the actions of Denmark's press.Shabakadda warbaahinta ee Baraawepost Muqdisho Somalia firstname.lastname@example.org