The Astute Bloggers: BREAKING NEWS: DANISH MOHAMMED CARTOON CRISIS UPDATE: GUNFIRE OUTSIDE KURT WESTERGAARD’S HOME
Gunfire reported at the home of Kurt Westergaard, artist known for his Bomb-in-Turban Muhammad Cartoon.
According to the report three men tried to enter the premises but were stopped by police who guard the house 24/7.
One of the 3 perps was shot in the leg.
Police confirm that they now have massive presence at the address.
REMINDER: Last year US authorities arrested two men in Chicago who were suspected of planning attacks on Mr Westergaard and his newspaper Jyllands-Posten, which published the caricatures of Prophet Mohammed.
UPDATE: The man did break in, Kurt Westergaard hit the alarm and hid in his safe room, and the man was shot by approaching police while leaving.
Axe-wielding man shot and wounded trying to enter home of Danish ‘Mohammed’ cartoonist
Danish police have shot a Somalian man wielding an axe and a knife who tried to break into the house of a controversial cartoonist.
The 28-year-old with links to Al Qaeda tried to enter Kurt Westergaard’s home in Aarhus last night but the artist managed to press an alarm and hide.
Officers arrived within minutes to find the man with ‘an axe and a knife in either hand’ and shot him in the knee and on his left arm.
Jakob Scharf, head of Denmark’s intelligence agency, said the attack was ‘terror related’ and that the man, who was not seriously injured in the shooting, would be charged with attempted murder.
Westergaard, 75, sparked outrage in 2005 when he drew a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed with a bomb-shaped turban.
Westergaard’s five-year-old granddaughter was staying in the house at the time of the attack.
They sought shelter in a panic room when they heard the suspect try to break in, Preben Nielsen from the Aarhus police said.
According to Danish intelligence, he has ‘close relations to the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab and al-Qaida leaders in eastern Africa,’ Scharf said.
He is suspected of involvement in terror-related activities in east Africa and had been under surveillance, although not in connection with Westergaard, he added.
The man had a permit to be in Denmark. He is expected to be charged for attempted murder of Westergaard and a police officer today.
It was unclear whether the suspect actually managed to get inside the home of the cartoonist in Denmark’s second largest city, 125 miles northwest of Copenhagen.
Westergaard he told his employer, the Jyllands-Posten daily, that the assailant shouted ‘revenge’ and ‘blood’ as he tried to enter the room where he was hiding.
‘My grandchild did fine. It was scary. It was close. Really close. But we did it,’ he said.
Previous interview of Kurt Westergaard on Canadian radio station CFRA with Nick James:
CFRA Nick James KurtW from Vlad Tepes on Vimeo.