Cartoonist attack: accused in court
A Somali man has appeared in court in Denmark charged with attempting to murder the artist whose cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad outraged the Muslim world three years ago.
The 28-year-old suspect was rolled in to court on a stretcher and was remanded in custody for four weeks on preliminary charges of attempting to murder the cartoonist as well as a police officer.
The artist - 74-year-old Kurt Westergaard - was moved to an undisclosed location for his own protection after the attack last night at his home in Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city, 125 miles north-west of Copenhagen.
The suspect, described by authorities as a 28-year-old with suspected links to al Qaida, broke into the house armed with an axe and a knife.
Mr Westergaard, who has received previous death threats for depicting the Prophet Mohammed with a bomb-shaped turban, pressed an alarm and fled with his visiting five-year-old granddaughter to a specially made safe room.
Police arrived two minutes later and tried to arrest the assailant, who wielded an axe at a police officer, said Preben Nielsen, of the Aarhus police. The officer then shot the man in his knee and his hand, said authorities.