Lars Vilks, Mohammed Cartoonist, Died in Car Crash


Daily Mail:

A Swedish artist who survived two murder attempts after drawing a cartoon of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed has died in a horror car crash.

Lars Vilks, 75, was killed Sunday when the police car he was traveling in veered onto the wrong side of the road and collided with a truck. 

Both vehicles caught fire and the truck driver, 45, was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The two police officers who were tasked with protecting Mr Vilks also died, according Swedish news outlet Expressen.

The crash is being investigated by the special prosecutor’s office. 

The collision occurred just before 3pm in Markaryd, in the province of Kronoberg, Sweden.   

It comes after Mr Vilks received numerous threats for drawing the Prophet Muhammad with a dog’s body in 2007.

In 2015 lone gunman Omar El-Hussein fired shots at the front of the Krudttonden cafe where Mr Vilks was taking part in a debate on free speech.   

Meanwhile Colleen LaRose, 51, of Pennsberg, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to conspiring to kill Mr Vilks in 2011 and was convicted in 2014. 

National Police Chief Anders Thornberg said: ‘It is with dismay and great sadness that I received the news that our two colleagues and our security person died this afternoon. 

‘My thoughts go out to their relatives, families, friends and co-workers. 

‘I am also in contact with the police in the region to make sure that they get the support they need.’

The relatives of Mr Vilks and the two officers have been notified. 

Head of the special prosecutor’s office Anders Jakobsson said: ‘With the information I have now, it indicates that it is an accident. 

‘But the investigation is at a very early stage.’

2 Responses

  1. Was either/both of the two police in the car jihadist suicidalist/homicidilist completing their mission by swerving into an oncoming truck?

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