Somali denies Danish cartoonist Westergaard axe attack

Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard (Nov 2010) Kurt Westergaard locked himself in a panic room and was unharmed in the attack

Related Stories

A Somali man has denied trying to murder Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, who was behind caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

Prosecutors say Mohamed Geele, 29, broke into Mr Westergaard's home carrying an axe.

Mr Geele admitted breaking in with an illegal weapon when he appeared in court in Aarhus on Wednesday.

But he denied charges of attempted murder and terrorism.

Kurt Westergaard's cartoon of a turban bomb was one of 12 published in a Danish newspaper in 2005 that prompted protests among Muslims around the world.

Mr Westergaard first went into hiding but then decided to live openly in a heavily fortified house.

On New Year's Day in 2010, he said his front door was broken down by an attacker while he was in the house with his five-year-old grand-daughter.

He rushed into a panic room and called the police who arrived minutes later and shot and wounded a man.

The cartoons still appear to be a source of anger. Last month Danish police arrested five suspected militants for planning an alleged attack on the newspaper that originally published them, Jyllands-Posten.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Europe stories



  • PlanesTest of nerve

    WW1 fighter pilots who navigated using a school atlas

  • Pauline Borghese What the butler saw

    Scandalous tales from the British embassy in Paris

  • A baby holds an adult's fingerSmall Data

    The time when the average age of death was zero

  • League of LegendsBattle for glory

    On the ground at League of Legends World Championship's final

  • Vinyl record pressing in AustraliaVinyl vibe

    Getting into the groove with Australia's last record maker

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.