A Swedish cartoonist, who made a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad, where his head was tied to the body of a dog, lost his life in a car accident, world media report.
Lars Vilks was reportedly traveling in a civilian police car, which collided with a truck near the town of Markaryd in southern Sweden. Two police officers were killed in the accident, while the driver of the truck was injured.
The 75-year-old lived under police protection after being threatened with death over a cartoon published in 2007. Muslims call the portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad blasphemous, and many believers around the world have expressed their indignation at Wilks’ work.
Police said the dynamics of the accident were still unclear, but confirmed that there was no indication to raise suspicions of any assassination attempt against Vilks, or of the involvement of other persons in the accident.
Following the publication of the cartoon, the then Swedish Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, met with the ambassadors of 22 Muslim countries, in an effort to reduce the tensions created.
Al Qaeda in Iraq then offered a $ 100,000 ransom for Vilks’s assassination. In 2015, he took part in a debate on freedom of speech in Copenhagen, Denmark, when he was attacked by gunmen. A director was killed during the attack.
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