Westergaard Attacker Shot

A terrorist tried to kill Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard but was instead himself shot by police.

kurt-westergaardDanish police have shot and wounded a man at the home of Kurt Westergaard, whose cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad sparked an international row.

Mr Westergaard scrambled into a panic room at his home in Aarhus after a man wielding an axe and a knife broke in.

Danish officials said the intruder was a 28-year-old Somali, who they did not name, but said was linked to the radical Islamist al-Shabab militia.

The cartoon, printed in 2005, prompted violent protests the following year.

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Mr Westergaard went in to hiding amid threats to his life, but emerged last year saying he wanted to live as normal a life as possible.

His house has been heavily fortified and is under close police protection.

Police said the man had entered Mr Westergaard’s house armed with a knife and axe and had shouted in broken English that he wanted to kill him.

Mr Westergaard ran to a specially designed panic room where he raised the alarm.

It’s amazing that this man has to live like this five years after drawing some cartoons.   Then again, Salman Rushdie has been under death threat for more than twenty years for writing a book.

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Comments

  1. Dude, headline. I know Westerfeld. Good writer. Nice guy. Not Danish.

  2. Triumph says:

    Then again, Salman Rushdie has been under death threat for more than twenty years for writing a book.

    Of course, the fatwa against Rushdie literally made his career. He was toiling in obscurity when he wrote the Satanic Diaries, but the fatwa catapulted him into an international literary figure and a millionaire who was able to marry a supermodel.

    I actually bought Satanic Verses (or whatever it was called) when it was called out by the ayatollahs. I hate Islam as much as the next guy, but Rushdie’s book was among the most nonsensical boring novels I have ever read.

  3. Brett says:

    I actually bought Satanic Verses (or whatever it was called) when it was called out by the ayatollahs. I hate Islam as much as the next guy, but Rushdie’s book was among the most nonsensical boring novels I have ever read.

    I tried reading it as well, but put it down because it was boring.

    I’m looking for a timeline on the whole Danish cartoon mess. If I remember right, the rioting actually didn’t start soon after the cartoons were published – it started a couple months later, when some imams from Denmark toured the Middle East and Iran showing them around and generally stirring up shit.

    It’s amazing that this man has to live like this five years after drawing some cartoons.

    Just goes to show – there are a lot of thin-skinned, violent, fanatical assholes lurking around in the Islamic world, some of whom manage to crawl into the Developed World.

  4. JVB says:

    Another isolated and misguided, lonely radical Islamist. I’m surprised they haven’t imprisoned the cartoonist for inciting this poor man to violence and the police for robbing him of ridding the world of cartoonists who incite violence. I’m sure all agree the terrorist had no fault in this at all. Forgive my use of the term radical Islamist. Let’s call this an averted man-made disaster…of course this isn’t from the perspective of the incompetent terrorist in this failed attempt.

  5. Have a nice G.A. says:

    I tried reading it as well, but put it down because it was boring.

    http://prophetofdoom.net/

  6. JDB says:

    FARK headline:

    Man who made the turban bomb cartoon depicting radical Islam as violent is violently attacked by a radical Muslim