November 27, 2021

Muhammad’s Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks died in car crash

DEATH – 75-year-old Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks died in Sweden on Sunday while in a vehicle with two police officers tasked with protecting him. The hypothesis of a malicious act has been ruled out.

Everything was done to save him death. His end was most tragic. Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks was killed in a road accident in southern Sweden on Sunday with the two police officers tasked with protecting him. This designer was well known around the world, especially for having drawn Muhammad with a dog’s body in 2007. He had lived under police protection ever since and had been threatened on multiple occasions.

Swedish police have ruled out a malicious act. “It is investigated like any traffic accident. As two police officers are involved, an investigation has also been entrusted to a particular section of the prosecution,” a spokesperson for the local police told AFP. Asked about possible elements suggesting a track other than accidental, the latter replied that no. “The investigation would be oriented differently if this had been the case”, he asserted.

Target of an attack in Copenhagen in 2015

The accident occurred Sunday afternoon on the E4 motorway near the town of Markaryd when the car hit a truck traveling in the opposite direction. The two vehicles then caught fire “as a result of the collision”.

According to the daily Expressen, the unmarked police car, which was traveling very fast, crossed a crash barrier for an as yet undetermined reason before hitting the truck. The driver of the truck was hospitalized, police said. “That the person we were protecting and two colleagues died in this tragedy is inconceivable and terribly sad”, said Carina Persson, head of the regional police.

After his drawing of Muhammad as a dog, which followed the Danish cartoons of the prophet published in 2005, Lars Vilks lived under protection almost uninterrupted, due to numerous threats and attacks from Islamists. On February 14, 2015, a young Danish man of Palestinian origin opened fire when he tried to break into a debate on freedom of expression in Copenhagen, organized after the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

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Lars Vilks, who was headlining the meeting with the French ambassador, escaped unscathed, but a 55-year-old Danish director was killed by the assailant, who later that evening shot dead a keeper of the synagogue in Copenhagen. He had been killed the next morning during a face-to-face meeting with Danish police.

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