Muhammad’s Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks died in car crash

October 4, 2021 by Harry Rivers

DEATH – 75-year-old Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks died in Sweden on Sunday while in a vehicle with two police officers tasked with protecting him. The hypothesis of a malicious act has been ruled out.

LCI editorial staff – 2021-10-04

Everything was done to save him death. His end was most tragic. Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks was killed in a road accident in southern Sweden on Sunday with the two police officers tasked with protecting him. This designer was well known around the world, especially for having drawn Muhammad with a dog’s body in 2007. He had lived under police protection ever since and had been threatened on multiple occasions.

Swedish police have ruled out a malicious act. “It is investigated like any traffic accident. As two police officers are involved, an investigation has also been entrusted to a particular section of the prosecution,” a spokesperson for the local police told AFP. Asked about possible elements suggesting a track other than accidental, the latter replied that no. “The investigation would be oriented differently if this had been the case”, he asserted.

Target of an attack in Copenhagen in 2015

The accident occurred Sunday afternoon on the E4 motorway near the town of Markaryd when the car hit a truck traveling in the opposite direction. The two vehicles then caught fire “as a result of the collision”.

According to the daily Expressen, the unmarked police car, which was traveling very fast, crossed a crash barrier for an as yet undetermined reason before hitting the truck. The driver of the truck was hospitalized, police said. “That the person we were protecting and two colleagues died in this tragedy is inconceivable and terribly sad”, said Carina Persson, head of the regional police.

After his drawing of Muhammad as a dog, which followed the Danish cartoons of the prophet published in 2005, Lars Vilks lived under protection almost uninterrupted, due to numerous threats and attacks from Islamists. On February 14, 2015, a young Danish man of Palestinian origin opened fire when he tried to break into a debate on freedom of expression in Copenhagen, organized after the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

Lars Vilks, who was headlining the meeting with the French ambassador, escaped unscathed, but a 55-year-old Danish director was killed by the assailant, who later that evening shot dead a keeper of the synagogue in Copenhagen. He had been killed the next morning during a face-to-face meeting with Danish police.

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11 replies

  1. My deepest condolences to the families of the two policemen killed in this car crash.

  2. Just wondering: How much did the taxpayers have to pay for the protection of Mr. Vilks all these years?

  3. بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم
    There is a deep lesson in the Tragic death of Larks Vilks along with two Police Officer, for those who reflects. Freedom of speech have it limits and should not Cross its boundaries, Especially with Religious figures i.e. Prophets, you may believe in them or you may not, as their countless follower get hurts and even get mad and go fanatics, although we do not favor fanaticism in the Name of Blasphemy. Its a deferent topics that Blasphemy Laws has no footings in Islam or Islamic Shariah or the Sunnah of Holy Prophet Muhammad ﷺ۔ .
    Mockery of Prophets is Heinous Crime in the Sight of God, and Allah has taken upon Himself to Punish the Mockers, as Allah says in the Holy Quran, “اِنَّا کَفَیۡنٰکَ الۡمُسۡتَہۡزِءِیۡنَ ﴿ۙ۹۶﴾
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    [b]We will, surely, suffice thee against those who mock” :[1798]
    It Shed the light on the Miraculous Power of Allah, it becomes True in the case of Larks Vilks as well as it came true in the tragic death of General Zia or any other Mocker in this regard.
    Allah has not rest any punishment in the Hands of Human beings for the Mockers, rather He has upon Himself to Punish Mockers as stated in the above verse of the Holy Quran.
    On Humanitarian ground we have sympathy with the Tragic people, especially with the Police Officers who were on duty and also killed in this tragic accident, our deep condolences are with the grieved families.
    Zarif Ahmad

    • Then I’m afraid you don’t actually believe in free speech. What you believe in is speech that doesn’t offend you. That isn’t free speech.

      • with the limits of decency. There are such limits elsewhere, for instance child pornography is off limits…

  4. Lars Vilks, an artist and free speech activist whose cartoon depiction of the Prophet Muhammad on the body of a dog in 2007 made him the target of numerous assassination attempts, was killed in a car crash in Sweden on Sunday, the police said.

    Mr. Vilks, who had been under police protection since 2010, was headed toward his home in southern Sweden when the civilian police vehicle he was traveling in veered across the median and collided head-on with a truck, killing Mr. Vilks, 75, and his two bodyguards, the police said.

    The truck driver was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

    “We are looking at the possibility that it was a tire explosion,” Stefan Sinteus, a regional police official, said during a news conference on Monday. “There is nothing at this point to indicate that this was an assassination.”

    Mr. Sinteus said the two police officers who were killed in the crash had worked with Mr. Vilks for several years.

  5. Freedom of speech “…with the limits of decency. There are such limits elsewhere, for instance child pornography is off limits…”

    But who decides what is decent? What if someone finds the content of another religion indecent? Does that mean it should be banned?

    What if someone finds homosexuality indecent? Does that mean it should be banned?

    What if someone finds homophobia indecent? Does that mean it should be banned?

    The latter two contradict one another – so who wins?

    Grown-ups should recognise that a pluralistic, tolerant world inevitably involves different points of view and therefore feeling offended from time to time.

    With respect, this website really needs to learn the fundamentals of mature, rational debate.

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