Swedish ‘Mohammad’ cartoonist Lars Vilks killed in automobile crash

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STOCKHOLM, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who stirred worldwide controversy in 2007 with drawings depicting the Prophet Mohammad with the physique of a canine, was killed in a automobile crash close to the southern city of Markaryd on Sunday, police mentioned.

Vilks, 75, who had been residing beneath police safety because the drawings have been printed, was travelling in a police car which collided with a truck. Two cops have been additionally killed.

“This is a very tragic incident. It is now important to all of us that we do everything we can to investigate what happened and what caused the collision,” Swedish police mentioned in a press release on Monday.

“Initially, there is nothing that points to anyone else being involved.”

Most Muslims contemplate any depiction of the founding father of Islam as offensive.

Since the publication of the cartoons, Vilks had been residing beneath round the clock police guard following threats towards his life. He had a bounty placed on his head and his home was fire-bombed.

In 2015, one particular person was killed in Copenhagen, Denmark, at a gathering meant to mark the twenty fifth anniversary of an Iranian fatwa towards British author Salman Rushdie, which Vilks attended.

Vilks was broadly seen because the meant goal.

Vilks had mentioned that the cartoons weren’t meant to impress Muslims, however to problem political correctness within the artwork world.

Reporting by Helena Soderpalm, Editing by Simon Johnson and Timothy Heritage

A view of a scene after an accident between a car and a lorry in which three people died, including Swedish artist Lars Vilks, outside the town Markaryd in Sweden October 3, 2021. TT News Agency/ Johan Nilsson via REUTERS

A view of a scene after an accident between a car and a lorry in which three people died, including Swedish artist Lars Vilks, outside the town Markaryd in Sweden October 3, 2021. TT News Agency/ Johan Nilsson via REUTERS

Swedish artist Lars Vilks, known for his drawing of Prophet Muhammad, takes part in a freedom of speech discussion in Helsinki April 14, 2015. REUTERS/Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva