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Cartoon attack disturbs Denmark

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Cartoon attack disturbs Denmark


A Somalian has appeared in court in Denmark to deny charges of attempting to murder a cartoonist who depicted the Prophet Mohammad with a bomb in his turban.
The 28-year-old man who was shot by police during his arrest, was carried in on a stretcher and remanded in custody for four weeks.
Investigators, who have been searching his house, claim the man has links to Somali Islamic militants.
Friday’s incident has shocked Denmark.
Pia Kjaersgaard from the right wing Danish Peoples Party, apparently referring to Somalians, said: “They have to get out of Denmark. We don’t want anyone who has anything to do with terrorism.”
But the attack has been condemned by moderate Danish Muslim groups and the country’s Somali community fears it could become the target of a public backlash.
Bashir Farah has dual Danish-Somalian nationality. He says he is very sorry about what happened and is worried it will harm the community.
He says Somalians have had similar problems before, related to terrorism.
Cartoonist Kurt Westergaard has already received numerous death threats and his house is heavily fortified. According to the prosecution, the suspect tried to break in wielding an axe and a knife.
The publication of Westergaard’s drawings in 2006 provoked outrage among Muslims world wide and 50 people died in subsequent riots.

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