May 15 2010
The house of the Swedish cartoonist, Lars Vilks, who depicted the Prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog, was targeted in an arson attack late on Friday, while Vilks was out.
LINK The house of Lars Vilks, who caricatured the Prophet Muhammad for an editorial on free speech in a Swedish newspaper in 2007, was attacked by arsonists, police said on Saturday. “Probably I can’t live there any more,” said Vilks, who was not home at the time.
“The damage is rather minor; part of the front is blackened and some windows were broken,” Scanie district police spokeswoman Sofie Oesterheim told news agency Agence France-Presse. “The fire went out by itself.” Police found glass bottles containing petrol in the house and are treating the attack as arson.
The incident comes just days after Vilks was beaten while giving a lecture at Uppsala University in Sweden.
Vilks, who depicted the Prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog for Swedish daily Nerikes Allehanda in 2007, has been targeted by Muslim extremists ever since.
An al-Qaida organization has offered $150,000 to anyone who would murder Vilks.