Two arrested over arson attack on Swedish cartoonist`s home

Last Updated: Monday, May 17, 2010 - 09:21

Stockholm: Police arrested two suspects after an attempted fire-bomb attack on the home of a Swedish cartoonist, controversial for drawing the Prophet Mohammed, they said on Sunday.

The attack, overnight Friday to Saturday when Lars Vilks was not at home, blackened part of the exterior, but the fire went out by itself although police found glass bottles containing petrol (gasoline) inside.

Both suspects, aged 21 and 19, are Swedish nationals of Kosovar origin who reside in the southern city of Landskrona and who were arrested after personal items were found near the scene, police said.

"They were both unknown to the police," Scania district police spokesman Calle Paersson said.

The 21-year-old was arrested on Saturday at his home, while his 19-year-old suspected accomplice was arrested Sunday morning.

The suspects, whose names have not been made public, were due to see a judge on Monday who will decide whether or not to charge them.

Vilks said he did not want to over-react, but he would take some precautions. The attack comes less then a week after a man tried to attack him while he was giving a lecture at Uppsala university.

PTI



First Published: Monday, May 17, 2010 - 09:21
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