Ireland: Conspiracy to murder Swedish Mohammad cartoonist

Ireland: Conspiracy to murder Swedish Mohammad cartoonist

An American Jihadist, Colleen LaRose (AKA "Jihad Jane"), was charged in the US as part of this conspiracy. LaRose came to Sweden in August, and intended to live and train with Jihadis there.

The Jawa Report reports that Jihad Jane worked with Al-Shabaab in Somalia. Jihad in Malmö notes that Vilks was threatened from Somalia earlier this year.

In response to the arrests, Swedish newspapers published the Vilks cartoon.


Seven Muslims were arrested by Irish police on Tuesday on suspicions of conspiracy to murder a Swedish cartoonist who drew the prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog.

The four men and three women were arrested in the southern Irish towns of Cork and Waterford following an international operation involving European and US security services.

A police source confirmed press reports that they were Muslims arrested over an alleged plot to assassinate Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who has a $100,000 bounty on his head from an Al-Qaeda-linked group.

"The operation... is part of an investigation into a conspiracy to commit a serious offence (namely, conspiracy to murder an individual in another jurisdiction)," said a statement from Ireland's national police service.

Säpo spokesperson Mattias Lindholm confirmed it had been aware of Tuesday's

arrests but refused to comment on any threat to Vilks.

"Right now we are in continuous touch with the authorities involved, including our Irish counterparts," he told AFP, adding: "I cannot say anything about any possible threats against any individuals, for security reasons."

The seven people arrested range in age from mid 20s to late 40s, Irish police said. State broadcaster RTE reported that they were originally from Morocco and Yemen, but were all legally in Ireland.

They could be held for questioning without charge for up to seven days.

Police had been monitoring them for the past five months, RTE said, adding that 60 detectives were involved in raids Tuesday which resulted in the seizure of documents, computers and mobile phones.


Source: The Local (English)

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