Al Qaeda in Iraq Offers $100K for Death of Cartoonist- $150K If He's Slaughtered Like a Lamb
Al Qaeda in Iraq offered a bounty today for the death of the Swedish cartoonist who drew a raunchy cartoon of Mohammad.
The purported head of al-Qaeda in Iraq has offered a reward for the murder of a Swedish cartoonist over his drawing depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
The $100,000 (£49,310) reward would be raised by 50% if Lars Vilks was “slaughtered like a lamb” said the audio message aired on the internet.
The speaker, said to be Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, threatened a new offensive during the holy month of Ramadan.
Last month’s cartoon showed Prophet Muhammad’s head on a dog’s body.
…And he (Al Qaeda) said the Swedish government ought to apologise – otherwise al-Qaeda in Iraq would target “their economy and giant companies such as Ericsson, Volvo, Ikea, Scania”.
The cartoon’s creator, Lars Vilks, told Reuters news agency he was not worried by a threat from people representing “a very small branch of our Muslims”. But he could not disregard it, either, and was in contact with the police.
Good idea, Lars.
Certain factions don’t seem to appreciate your work.
Supporters of the Islamic Shabab-e-Milli youth group burn an effigy of the Swedish prime minister in Karachi August 31, 2007. About 20 members of a Pakistani Islamic youth group protested on Friday over a sketch of the Prophet Mohammad published in a Swedish newspaper, witnesses said. (REUTERS/Athar Hussain)