Swedish Mohammad cartoonist’s house targeted in latest attack

May 16, 2010

Lars Vilks in Stockholm March 10, 2010/Bob Strong

Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who angered Muslims by portraying the Prophet Mohammad as a dog, has suffered a failed arson attack on his house, but was not home when it happened.

Vilks told Reuters on Saturday that people smashed windows at his house in the small town of Nynashamnsvage in southwest Sweden and tried to light petrol that they threw inside. But the attack resulted only in small damage in the kitchen and on the facade.

Earlier this week, Vilks was assaulted by a man during a lecture after he started showing a video (see below) about homosexuality and religion, particularly Islam. Vilks has been a target for Muslim protests since he depicted the Prophet Mohammad with the body of a dog in 2007.

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Burn marks outside the home of Lars Vilks southern Sweden, May 15, 2010/Bjorn Lindgren/Scanpix Sweden

In January, a Somali man was indicted for terrorism and attempted murder for breaking into the home of Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard and threatening him with an axe.  A cartoon by Westergaard in 2005 which depicted the Prophet Mohammad with a turban shaped like a bomb sparked outrage across the Muslim world, with at least 50 people killed in riots in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Following is a selection of reports about Vilks and the campaign against him:

House of Swedish Mohammad cartoonist attacked

Swedish Mohammad cartoonist attacked at lecture

Second woman pleads not guilty in plot to kill Swede

“Jihad Jane” pleads not guilty to terrorism

Irish police release cartoonist murder plot suspect

Swedish cartoonist receives fresh death threats

Artist says Prophet picture meant to stir debate

Sweden moves to defuse row over Prophet cartoon

Qaeda urges cartoonist death

Qaeda leader threatens Swedish firms over cartoon

Here’s a video of the attack on Vilks during his lecture on homosexuality and religion:

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