Swedish “Mohammad” cartoonist Lars Vilks dies in a car accident


Stockholm — Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who caused worldwide controversy in 2007 with a painting of the dog-body prophet Mohammad, was killed in a car accident near a southern town in Markaryd on Sunday. it was done.

Wilkes, 75, who had lived under police custody since the drawings were released, was traveling in a police vehicle that collided with a truck. Two police officers were also killed.

Forensic technicians are working in the field
Forensic technicians are working in the field on October 4, 2021, outside the town of Markaryd, Sweden, after a car and truck accident that killed three people, including Swedish artist Lars Wilks. (TT News Agency / Johan Nilsson via Reuters)

“This is a very tragic event. It is now important for all of us to do everything we can to investigate what happened and what caused the conflict,” the Swedish police said. Said in a statement on Monday.

“Initially, there is no indication that someone else is involved.”

Most Muslims find the portrayal of the founder of Islam unpleasant.

Since the publication of the comic, Wilkes has lived under police surveillance 24 hours a day under threats to his life. He put a bounty on his head and his house received an incendiary.

In 2015, one person was killed in Copenhagen, Denmark, at a meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, to commemorate Iran’s Fatwa’s 25th anniversary against British writer Salman Rushdie attended by Wilkes.

Vilks were widely seen as the intended target.

Wilkes said that the cartoon was not intended to provoke Muslims, but to challenge the political correctness of the art world.

Reuters

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