Charges for man who attacked Danish cartoonist

Attacked artist, who depicted Mohammed in a 2005 cartoon, had recently came out of hiding

A Somali man, with links to Islamist militants, has been charged with the attempted manslaughter of a Danish cartoonist. In 2005, Kurt Westergaard was one of 12 cartoonists who set off riots with their depictions of the prophet Mohammed. Westergaard, who drew Mohammed with a bomb in his turban is the most well-known. After being in hiding for years, he recently emerged saying he wanted to live a normal life. The attacker entered his house with an axe and knife, and said, in broken English, that he wanted to kill him. Westergaard, 74, grabbed his five-year-old daughter, who was with him in the house, and ran to a safe room, setting off an alarm from there. Police shot and wounded the suspect outside the house.


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