Update: March 9, 2010: 7 Muslims arrested in Ireland in plot to kill Lars Vilks.
Following the attack on Kurt Westergaard in his home, threats to another European artist by Somali Muslims.
Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who sparked outrage with caricatures of the Muslim prophet Muhammad as a dog, has received threats via telephone from Somalia.
Police in Helsingborg in southern Sweden are taking seriously the threats made against Vilks, which come just three days after Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard was subjected to an axe attack at his home in Denmark.
The first of two phone calls to Vilks came on Monday morning. A subsequent check by the Swedish artist revealed that the call originated in Somalia, where the Islamic militant group al-Shabaab has gained increasing influence in the war torn country.
Al-Shabaab is also believed to have ties to al-Qaeda.
In the last month, al-Shabaab supporters who reportedly used to live in Denmark have killed at least 22 people, including three ministers, in a suicide bomb attack carried out in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.
According to Vilks, the man who threatened him spoke Swedish.
“The man, who spoke accented Swedish, asked me if I knew about what happened in Denmark and to the artist Kurt Westergaard. I said I certainly did,” Vilks told the Helsingborgs Dagblad newspaper.
“The man then explained that they were out after more and that they would soon come for me. I told them they were welcome,” said Vilks.
The dhimmi’s at the Crescent News Network interviewed Vilks in 2007, and didn’t dare show his works:
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