Arson attack on house of Swede who caricatured Mohammed


STOCKHOLM — The house of Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who sparked controversy by drawing the Prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog, was targeted in an arson attack overnight, police said Saturday.


“The damage is rather minor, part of the front is blackened and some windows were broken,” Scanie district police spokeswoman Sofie Oesterheim told AFP. “The fire went out by itself.”

Police found glass bottles containing petrol (gasoline) inside the house which was empty at the time of the attack, which came days after Vilks was beaten while giving a lecture at Uppsala university.

Vilks told AFP he did not want to over-react to the attack but would take some precautions.

“I’ll have to have a hide away for some time, which I think is reasonable… I can probably go in the house during daytime, but I’ll have to sleep somewhere else.
“We have to see if it’s possible to install an alarm or something…. I shouldn’t be paranoid. This could be a one-time occasion,” he added.
In 2007, Swedish regional daily Nerikes Allehanda published Vilks’ satirical cartoon to illustrate an editorial on the importance of freedom of expression.

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From GatewayPundit:

Earlier this week Vilks was headbutted and tackled during a college lecture on free speech. Muslims are angry that Vilks drew the head of Mohammad on body of a dog last year…

For more on the history of these threats and attacks on Vilks and a reproduction of the offending cartoon, go to Gates of Vienna.

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