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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Al-Qaeda Linked Somali Man Tries to Kill Danish Cartoonist who Drew Muhammed Cartoons - Video 1/2/10

Here is a video report on an attempt by an Al-Qaeda linked attacker to kill Kurt Westergaard - the cartoonist who drew a cartoon of what was supposed to be the Islamic Prophet Muhammed wearing a turbin that was a bomb.

The attacker was shot and wounded by Danish police, and apprehended. Westergaard was unhurt in the attempted attack. The Somali attacker was armed with a knife and an ax. Westergard reportedly hid in a safe room with a grandchild while the attacker "raged outside."

A Somali man has been charged with trying to murder a Danish artist whose cartoons of the prophet Muhammad sparked a storm of protest and violence across the Muslim world.

Danish police shot and wounded the 28-year-old man after he broke into Kurt Westergaard's home in Aarhus last night armed with an axe and a knife. The suspect is said to have ties to al-Qaida.

The 75-year-old artist had retreated to a safe room with his five-year-old granddaughter. When police arrived they tried to arrest the intruder and then shot him in the hand and knee when he threatened an officer with the axe, said Preben Nielsen of the Aarhus police.

Chief Superintendent Ole Madsen in Aarhus said the man was charged with two counts of attempted murder – one on Westergaard and one on a police officer – at a court hearing today in Aarhus, Denmark's second-largest city.

"He will be in custody for four weeks and in isolation for two," Madsen said.

The suspect's name was not being released, in line with Danish privacy rules, Nielsen said. His wounds were serious but not life-threatening. . . . MORE


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