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Posted by Popular Ombudsman on January 4, 2010

Cartoonist Suspect ‘Linked To Terror Plot’

4:14pm UK, Sunday January 03, 2010

Rob Cole, Sky News Online
The Somali man accused of attempting to kill Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard was held over a foiled terrorist plot in Kenya, a Danish newspaper has reported.

Suspect appears in court

The suspect appears in court on a stretcher after being shot by police

The 28-year-old was arrested over a planned attack on US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her visit to Africa last summer.

The newspaper Politiken reported that he and four other suspects were held over a plot against a bus station and two hotels in Nairobi.

He was released in September due to a lack of evidence and returned to Denmark.

The man was carried into a court in Aarhus on a stretcher on Saturday to face two charges of attempted manslaughter following the break-in at Mr Westergaard’s home.

He denied the charges and was remanded in custody.

The suspect was shot twice by police outside Mr Westergaard’s home while armed with an axe and a knife.

Danish police say he intended to murder the cartoonist and has links to al Qaeda and the radical Somali group al Shabab.

Security surrounding Mr Westergaard has been stepped up and the 74-year-old has been moved to an undisclosed location.

Denmark’s security service said the intruder had been involved in a “terror-related network” that had been under investigation in connection with threats to Mr Westergaard.

But they also conceded that he may have acted spontaneously.

The cartoonist caused fury in the Islamic world in 2005 after a newspaper published his drawings of Mohammed wearing a turban in the shape of a bomb, triggering deadly riots in many Muslim countries.


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