Using the strongest terms, Denmark’s Prime Minister has condemned an attack on his country’s embassy in Islamabad which has claimed the lives of at least eight people. Dozens were wounded in the car bomb blast in the Pakistani capital, which came after al-Qaeda threatened Denmark over the reprint of a cartoons featuring the Prophet Mohammed.
After attending an emergency cabinet session, Anders Fogh Rasmussen spoke of “a horrible, cowardly crime, which we condemn vehemently and for which there is no justification.”
The attack is the second targeting foreigners in Islamabad in three months and threatens to heighten Western pressure on the country’s new government to stop pursuing peace deals with militants.
Denmark has faced threats at its embassies following the reprinting in February by around a dozen newspapers of a cartoon that depicted the prophet wearing a bomb-shaped turban.
Pakistani Muslims have staged peaceful protests over the cartoons, the latest in Multan on Monday where around 300 gathered.