Lars Vilks: Muhammad cartoonist killed in traffic collision

Lars Vilks was under police protection because of his 2007 image of the Prophet Muhammad as a dog

Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who sketched the Prophet Muhammad’s head on a dog’s body, has died in a traffic accident.

Vilks turned into pronounced to be touring in a civilian police automobile which collided with a truck near the metropolis of Markaryd in southern Sweden.

The seventy five-year artist were living below police protection after being subjected to demise threats over the cartoon that he posted back in 2007.

A declaration from police said it become nevertheless doubtful how the collision came about, however initially there was nothing to signify that anyone else became involved.

“The accident is being investigated like any other road accident. Because two policemen was involved, an investigation has been assigned to a special segment of the prosecutor’s office,” a police spokesperson told news agency AFP, adding that there was no suspicion of foul play.

The police automobile was traveling at high speed, according to local media reviews. One eyewitness told the Aftonbladet newspaper that the auto Vilks changed into concept to be in appeared to lose control and came over to his facet of the highway at excessive pace. A big fireplace broke out after the twist of fate and a number of emergency cars attended at the scene. Vilks made headlines around the world after his 2007 cartoon prompted outrage, main then high Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt to fulfill ambassadors from 22 Muslim countries in an try to defuse the situation.

In 2015, Vilks attended a debate on free speech that became centered in a gun attack in Copenhagen. although he’s maximum well-known for his caricature of Muhammad as a dog, Vilks become an artist and activist who frequently labored with paint or created installations.

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