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Arsonists Strike Home Of Swedish Muhammed Cartoonist

by @ 12:20 am on May 19, 2010. Filed under Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, Individual Liberty, Islam, Religion

Last week, Lars Vilks was attacked while giving a speech at Uppsalla University on the subject of free speech and Islam. Over the weekend, his home was set on fire:

STOCKHOLM — The home of a Swedish artist who once drew a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad as a dog has been hit by a suspected arson attack, police said Saturday.

Lars Vilks, who lives in Nyhamnslage in southern Sweden, was not at home during the attack late Friday night and no one was reported injured.

It was the latest in a week of attacks on the 53-year-old cartoonist, who was assaulted Tuesday by a man while he lectured at a university and saw his Web site apparently attacked by hacker on Wednesday.

Police were alerted just before noon Saturday, as people passing by the artist’s house noted that several windows had been smashed. When officers arrived, they discovered plastic bottles filled with gasoline and fire damage on the surface of the building. Attackers are also suspected of having tried setting the inside of house on fire, but the flames are thought to have fizzled out.

Police have no suspects in the case, police Spokeswoman Sofie Osterheim said.

Vilks, who often jokes about the threats he has received since his 2007 sketch of Muhammad, including from al-Qaida, said the latest attack doesn’t raise his fears more than usual.

“I’m not really more afraid than what I think is realistic,” he told the Associated Press over the telephone.

Vilks went into hiding after the fire, but police have now arrested two suspects — brothers who emigrated to Sweden from Kosovo and, yes, they’re Muslim.

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