Swedish artist Lars Vilks, that stirred globally debate in 2007 with blasphemous illustrations of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), was killed in a car crash near the southerly town of Markaryd on Sunday, authorities claimed.
Vilks, 75, who had actually been living under authorities security since the drawings were published, was taking a trip in a squad car that rammed a vehicle. 2 law enforcement officer were likewise killed.
” This is a really unfortunate case. It is now vital to everybody that we do every little thing we can to examine what occurred as well as what created the accident,” Swedish authorities stated in a declaration on Monday.
” Initially, there is nothing that points to any individual else being included.”
Since the magazine of the cartoons, Vilks had been living under day-and-night police guard adhering to threats against his life. He had actually a bounty placed on his head and his residence was fire-bombed.
In 2015, one person was eliminated in Copenhagen, Denmark, at a meeting implied to mark the 25th wedding anniversary of an Iranian fatwa against British author Salman Rushdie, which Vilks participated in.
Vilks was extensively viewed as the intended target.
Vilks had actually claimed that the animes were not planned to prompt Muslims, yet to challenge political correctness in the art world.