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Danish cartoonist attack foiled

Danish police said on Saturday they shot and wounded a Somali man with Al-Qaeda links when he tried to break into the home of a cartoonist whose 2005 caricatures of Prophet Mohammad outraged many Muslims.

world Updated: Jan 02, 2010 23:17 IST

Danish police said on Saturday they shot and wounded a Somali man with Al-Qaeda links when he tried to break into the home of a cartoonist whose 2005 caricatures of Prophet Mohammad outraged many Muslims.

The 28-year-old man, armed with a knife and axe, failed to get into Kurt Westergaard’s home in the town of Aarhus late on Friday and was shot in the leg and hand after he threw the axe at a policeman, a police spokesman said.

The man, who was now under arrest, had “close ties to the Somali terror organisation al-Shabaab as well as to Al-Qaeda leaders in East Africa,” the Danish Security and Intelligence Service PET said.

It said the man, who had a legal residence permit for Denmark, was also “suspected of being involved in terror-related activities in East Africa”.

The security service said the man, who would be charged with attempting to kill Westergaard and the police officer, had been involved in a “terror-related network” that had long been under probe in connection with threats to Westergaard.

Most Muslims consider any depiction of the founder of Islam as offensive.