Kurt Westergaard Mohammed Cartoon, Shooter Linked to Al-Qaeda
Kurt Westergaard, the author behind the controversial Mohammed Cartoons, was attacked yesterday at his home by a Somali man who was wounded by police, but the attacker has been identified to have links to Al-Qaeda.
The 23-year-old man broke in with a knife and an axe and he has now been charged with two counts of attempted murder. Jakob Scharf, the head of Denmark's PET intelligence agency confirmed that the incident was 'terror related'.
"The arrested man has, according to PET's information, close relations to the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab and al-Qaeda leaders in eastern Africa," Mr Scharf said.
"The attack again confirms the terror threat that is directed at Denmark and against the cartoonist Kurt Westergaard in particular."
This is not the first time that Kurt Westergaard has been the victim of a death threat since the 2005 publication of his cartoons featuring Mohammed wearing a turban shaped like a bomb.
Kurt Westergaard said that when the man broke in to his house he ran to a safe room and could hear the man shouting 'revenge' and 'blood'.
I got into the safe room and raised the alarm to the police while he energetically tried to bash down the door with a hammer or something," Mr Westergaard said.
Westergaard's five-year-old granddaughter was sitting in the living room at the time, but he didn't take her to the panic room.
"I knew he wouldn't hurt her and I wouldn't have been able to do anything if I had tried," he added. "It was terrifying. The most important thing is that I remembered to think and go for safety. But it was close. Really close."
The Somali man's name has not been released at this time.
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