Danish cartoonist attacked in his home Jan. 1, 2010

Kurt Westergaard, the Danish cartoonist who is known for his depiction of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad wearing a turban shaped like a bomb with a fuse, was attacked in his home January 1st by a Somali man armed with a knife and an axe.

In February 2008 the Danish Security and Intelligence Service arrested two Tunisian citizens and a Danish citizen who they suspected of planning to kill Westergaard. Since then Westergaard’s house has been heavily fortified and is under close police protection. Police officers were also attacked by the intruder and shot him in the right leg and left hand. He was hospitalized, but not seriously injured, police said.

The 28-year-old Somali man will probably be charged not only with trying to kill Westergaard and attacking police officers but also with planning terror-related activities. Danish intelligence officials said the suspect is connected to the radical Islamist al-Shabaab militia, sympathizes with al-Qaida, and has been under surveillance by the Danish Intelligence Service for some time.

The Danish-Muslim Union condemns the attack and every form of extremism. Also the Muslim Council of Denmark condemns the attack on Kurt Westergaard and says “violence is by no means acceptable. Actions of this sort are irreconcilable with Islam”.

Denmark: Terror trial begins

The trial of two men accused of planning an attack has begin in Copenhagen. Two men of Pakistani and Afghani background are alleged to have made a bomb out of explosives that were used in the London 2005 bombings. Both men have pleaded not guilty, but have admitted to making triacetone triperoxide (TATP) saying that it was for using in fireworks. The prosecutor in the case presented video evidence from the Danish Intelligence Service, which secretly filmed the Pakistani man mixing chemicals and singing about martyrdom. Neither men have been named due to a court order.

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Denmark: Terror trial begins

The trial of two men accused of planning an attack has begin in Copenhagen. Two men of Pakistani and Afghani background are alleged to have made a bomb out of explosives that were used in the London 2005 bombings. Both men have pleaded not guilty, but have admitted to making triacetone triperoxide (TATP) saying that it was for using in fireworks. The prosecutor in the case presented video evidence from the Danish Intelligence Service, which secretly filmed the Pakistani man mixing chemicals and singing about martyrdom. Neither men have been named due to a court order.