Swedish Cartoonist's Home Is Attacked

Arson attempt fails, but Lars Vilks thinks he'll move
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2010 12:30 PM CDT
A broken window is seen at the home of Swedish artist Lars Vilks, outside Hoganas, southern Sweden, Saturday.   (AP)
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(Newser) – More trouble for the Swedish cartoonist who once depicted Muhammad as a dog: Police say arsonists tried to burn down his home in Sweden last night. Lars Vilks wasn't home, nobody was injured, and the damage turned out to be fairly minor, reports AFP via Deutsch Welle. Still, "Probably I can't live there anymore," says Vilks.

The development comes a few days after the 53-year-old cartoonist got head-butted during a lecture. Police found gas-filled bottles at the house after passers-by noticed smashed windows. A fire set inside the home apparently failed to catch. "The damage is rather minor; part of the front is blackened and some windows were broken," said a police spokeswoman.

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