Danish cartoonist intruder shot

Danish police have shot and wounded a man in the home of Kurt Westergaard, whose cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad sparked a major row.

Danish media say Mr Westergaard was in his home in Aarhus with his wife and grandchild when a man broke in and threatened him with a hammer.

Mr Westergaard is said to have raised the alarm and police entered the house and shot the intruder.

Mr Westergaard's cartoons were printed by Jyllands-Posten in 2006.

They triggered violent protests, with Danish embassies attacked around the world and dozens killed in riots.

Mr Westergaard went into hiding amid threats to his life, but emerged last year saying he wanted to live as normal a life as possible.

The BBC's Malcolm Brabant, who interviewed Mr Westergaard when he emerged from hiding, says that the cartoonist's home is equipped with a "panic room" from where he can summon Danish police who are stationed nearby.

The intruder was reported to have been wounded by police in the thigh and the arm.

Danish media said he was of Somali descent, although this has not been confirmed.

Islamic militants placed a $1m price on Mr Westergaard's head after he mocked Muslim suicide bombers by depicting the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb in his turban.

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