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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Denmark arrests Prophet Mohammed cartoonist attacker

COPENHAGEN (Agencies) 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 sparked global Muslim outrage.

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, now under arrest, had "close ties to the Somali terror organization al-Shabaab as well as to al-Qaeda leaders in East Africa," the Danish Security and Intelligence Service PET said in a statement.

The man, who had a legal residence permit for Denmark, was also "suspected of being involved in terror-related activities in East Africa," it said.

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 investigation in connection with threats to Westergaard.

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