Somali intruder shot at home of Danish cartoonist


Danish police have shot and wounded a man at the home of Kurt Westergaard, whose controversial cartoons of the prophet Muhammad sparked a storm of Muslim protest five years ago.

Danish media reported last night that Westergaard, 74, was at home near the city of Aarhus with his wife and grandchild when a 27-year-old Somalian man armed with a knife and axe tried to break in.

Chief superintendent Morten Jensen, from East Jutland police, said: “At 10pm a personal alarm was received from Mr Westergaard’s house.”

Officers found a man “armed with an axe and a knife in either hand,” he said. “He broke a window of Mr Westergaard’s house. He tried to attack one officer with an axe and he was shot in his right leg and his left arm.” He said the man was not seriously injured and was now in custody.