Shots fired outside home of Kurt Westergaard

H/T Steen

The cartoonist was at home and the alarm button was pushed as three men tried to force their way in.
The police department in East Jutland has confirmed the incident to politiken.dk. A press release will be sent out later tonight.
The men were stopped by police-officers monitoring Westergaards house.
The attacker has been shot in the arm and the knee as he was throwing an axe at one of the officers and is now being treated in the hospital.
The police now have a strong presence around the house, and neighbors have been evacuated.
According to Ritzau´s Bureau [danish news agency] a bomb disposal unit has now arrived at Grøndalsvej in Viby, where jyllands-posten´s cartoonist resides.
Kurt Westergaard has been under death threats for many years. He drew one of the controversial Muhammad cartoons.
In 2006 two men were arrested for conspiring to kill the cartoonist. And he has experienced bomb threats since that time.
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The shooters where apparently Somali and shouted “Blood and revenge” as they attempted to kill Westergaard
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The attacker appear to have been shot. Kurt made it to the panic room. Attacker attempted to break in door. The attacker was swearing in bad Danish. At the end, he said he would return. The attacker had a knife and an axe.
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Somali who tried to kill Kurt Westergard is 28 years old and has connections to the Somali terrorist organisation Al-Shabaab and Al-Queda leaders in E. Africa
The Perp is known to be connected to terror organisations with connections to Denmark. He has been under investigation by the Danish Intelligence Bureau for quite some time, though unrelated to Kurt Westergaard. The attack on Kurt according to Jylands Posten confirms terrorist threat to which Denmark is exposed.
Kurt’s 5 year old Granddaughter was in the house at the time but is fine.

BBC NEWS:

Danish police shoot intruder at cartoonist’s home

Kurt Westergaard Sept 2006

Kurt Westergaard has had a price on his head since 2006

Danish police have shot and wounded a man at the home of Kurt Westergaard, whose cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad sparked an international row.

Mr Westergaard was at home in Aarhus when a man broke in and threatened him. He pressed a panic button and police entered the house and shot the man.

Danish officials said the intruder was a 28-year-old Somali linked to the radical Islamist al-Shabab militia.

The cartoon, printed in 2005, prompted violent protests the following year.

One of 12 cartoons published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten, it depicted the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb in his turban.

In 2006 the paper apologised for the cartoons, but other European media reprinted them.

Danish embassies were then attacked by Muslims around the world and dozens killed in riots.

Mr Westergaard went into hiding amid threats to his life, but emerged last year saying he wanted to live as normal a life as possible.

His house has been heavily fortified and is under close police protection.

Mr Westergaard told Jyllands-Posten that the man had entered his house by smashing a window with a hammer and had shouted in broken English that he wanted to kill him.

Anti-Danish protest in Pakistan 2006

The cartoons prompted anti-Danish outrage across the Muslim world

He said he had grabbed his five-year-old granddaughter and run to a specially designed panic room where he raised the alarm.

Mr Westergaard told the newspaper he was shocked that his granddaughter had witnessed the attack.

He has now been taken to a safe location, but said defiantly that he would be back, the newspaper reported.

Jakob Scharf, who heads the Danish intelligence service Pet, said the attack was “terror related” and that the suspected assailant has close contacts to Somalia’s al-Shabab group.

Police said he was shot in the knee and the shoulder after threatening officers who tried to arrest him. Preben Nielsen of Aarhus police, said the man was seriously hurt but his life was not in danger.

The BBC’s Malcolm Brabant, who interviewed Mr Westergaard when he emerged from hiding, says the incident will raise questions about security measures put in place by the Danish secret service to protect the artist.

Islamic militants have placed a $1m price on Mr Westergaard’s head.

Although he is one of 12 cartoonists whose drawings of the Prophet were published in Jyllands-Posten, he has the highest profile, our correspondent says.


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