Controversial Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks killed in car crash
Controversial Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who had been under police protection since 2010 after his sketch attracted wide condemnation, was killed along with two bodyguards in an accident on Sunday. His car accident near the southern town of Markaryd. The artist had been under police protection since 2010, after his sketch drew widespread condemnation from Muslims. He was killed along with two bodyguards in a crash that police called an accident, The New York Times reported.
“It is a very tragic incident. It is now important for all of us that we do everything possible to investigate what happened and what caused the collision,” Swedish police said. “Initially, there is no indication that anyone else is involved,” added the police.
Vilks was an artist and free speech activist whose 2007 cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad on the body of a dog made him the target of multiple assassination attempts, The New York Times reported. Vilks was also attacked in 2015 while speaking at an event titled “Art, Blasphemy and Free Speech”. The attack killed a filmmaker and injured three police officers.
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