A 27-year old Somali man was shot and wounded by police at the home of Danish cartoonist, 76-year old Kurt Westergaard. The intruder had broke into Westergaard’s home with an axe and a knife, trying to kill him.
Chief superintendant Morten Jensen, from East Jutland police, said: “At 10pm a personal alarm was received from Mr Westergaard’s house.”
Officers found a man “armed with an axe and a knife in either hand,” he said. “He broke a window of Mr Westergaard’s house. He tried to attack one officer with an axe and he was shot in his right leg and his left arm.” He said the man was not seriously injured and was now in custody.
In today’s Jyllands-Posten, Westergaard described the incident: “He threatened to kill me. I ran out to the bathroom where our security room is. I was worried for my grandchild. I was afraid.
“I knew that I could not match him. So I alerted the police. It was scary. It was really close. But we did it. It was good.”
In 2005 the Jyllands-Posten newspaper published a caricature by Westergaard depicting Muhammad wearing a turban shaped like a bomb with a fuse which caused a major storm in the Muslim world.
This is the second assassination attempt on Westergaard.
In March 2008 Denmark‘s three main newspapers reprinted the cartoon after the arrest of three men for plotting to murder the artist.The three – a Dane of Moroccan origin and two Tunisians – were picked up in a dawn raid near Aarhus following a long surveillance operation by the country’s intelligence services, the PET.
The Dane was eventually released without charge and one of the two Tunisians was deported. The other was sent to live in an asylum centre north of Copenhagen.
Fanatics in any religion are dangerous, and I think these attempted assasinations under the cover of religion should stop!