Skip to comments.Panic room saved artist Kurt Westergaard from Islamist assassin
Posted on 01/03/2010 11:17:08 AM PST by Free ThinkerNY
Just when Denmark thought the worst was over, Islamic fury has come back to haunt it with an assassination attempt on the artist whose cartoon of the prophet Muhammad as a suicide bomber had an explosive impact four years ago on the Muslim world.
An axe-wielding Somali extremist broke into the home of Kurt Westergaard on Friday night as the 75-year-old cartoonist was looking after Stephanie, his five-year-old granddaughter.
Westergaard, whose little ink drawing of Muhammad with a bomb in his turban sparked riots throughout the Middle East in 2006, has received numerous death threats. He pressed an alarm button to summon police when the attacker entered the house in Aarhus, Denmarks second city, by breaking a window.
He did not have time to collect the child from the living room before locking himself into a panic room, a specially fortified bathroom. He said the assailant had shouted swear words, really crude words and shrieked about blood and revenge, as he smashed the axe in vain against the bathroom door.
I feared for my grandchild, he told Jyllands-Posten, the newspaper that had commissioned the cartoon. But she did great. I knew that he wouldnt do anything to her. He went on: It was close, really close. But we did it.
The attacker, who was also carrying a knife, shouted, Ill be back, before going outside to confront police. He smashed a police car window with the axe and was shot in the hand and a knee when he threw the axe at an officer. He appeared in court on a stretcher yesterday to be charged with the attempted murder of Westergaard and the policeman.
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He left his granddaughter out there? Wow...
So next time they’ll torch his house.
Pig feces be upon him
...and “knew he wouldn’t do anything to her”? He doesn’t know Muslims very well, does he?
he should go to art rehab in saudi arabia
A gun would have been good.
I guess I’m trying to understand why he felt so sure the assailant wouldn’t do anything to the granddaughter? Why not?
Obviously he was first on his hit list, but there’s nothing in the koran that spares infidels regardless of gender or age.
I think he needs to hire an armed bodyguard and keep the house well equipped with needed firepower and take out this dirtbag and any others like him the second they darken his doorstep. Send him to allah, that’s where he wants to go, oblige him. You’ll get a combined sense of justice and relief, with a smidgeon of joy knowing he won’t kill any other innocent infidels.
That was my thinking. What a man.
Poor marksmanship on the part of the Danish police?
What a coward.
That may sound small but you wouldn't think so if you were looking down the front doorway.
This happens when people are conditioned to expect all protection to come from government!
He had his bathroom set up as a secure room, but he left his granddaughter in the livingroom?
“Hire an armed bodyguard”? Why, can’t he handle a shotgun by himself?
I thought they both went intio the safe room. Weird?
I’m pretty sure they’ll get him next time. Maybe the media can give out his daily schedule and house floor plan.