Saturday, January 2, 2010

Somali Man Shot By Danish Police Charged With Attempted Murder of 'Motoons' Cartoonist

(Ernst van Norde/AP)

A 28-year old Somali man was charged with attempted murder after breaking into the Aarhus home of Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard with an axe and knife before being shot in the hand and knee by police on Friday night.
The head of Denmark's PET intelligence services says that the man charged in the attacks was an asylum-seeker who had ties to Somalia's Al-Shabaab militia. He was wheeled into a Aarhus courthouse on a stretcher and accompanied by his lawyer on Saturday.

Reports state that the would-be assailant broke in the glass on Westergaard's front door Friday, but the Jyllands-Posten cartoonist had time to grab his five year old granddaughter and lock themselves in a panic room. The intruder was still on the property and armed with the axe and knife when the police arrived and shot him after refusing to surrender.

(Jyllands Posten/Kurt Westergaard)

Westergaard is best known for the series of 'Mohammed cartoons' published in Denmark's Jyllands-Posten newspaper in 2005 that subsequently sparked protests and rioting in several Islamic nations. [Why the same Muslims who saw it fit to torch buildings and go on a rampage in their own capitals most likely didn't say a peep when Muslims were slaughtering each other by the thousands in Algeria not too long ago, I'm not sure- NANESB!]. The cartoonist has received numerous death threats and Fatwas calling for his murder and until recently had round-the-clock protection from Danish security services.

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