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Islam Prophet Mohammed Controversial Cartoonist, Lars Vilks Dies In Road Accident

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Lars Vilks Dies in Road Accident

The cartoonist who has been in police custody for many years after he made a controversial portrait of Islam Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W), Lars Vilks, has died at the age of 75.

Naija News understands the cartoonist has been under police protection since 2007 when he depicted the Islam Prophet with a dog body.

Reports made available to newsmen on Monday revealed that the cartoonist died in a car accident. It was gathered that Vilks was killed in the road accident which happened on Sunday evening.

A police officer who confirmed Vilk’s death to newsmen said: “This is being investigated like any other road accident. Because two policemen were involved, an investigation has been assigned to a special section of the prosecutor’s office,”

It was revealed that two police officers died alongside the cartoonist while they were travelling near the small town Markaryd when the car Vilks was travelling in crashed into an oncoming truck.

Naija News understands that both vehicles caught fire and the truck driver was hospitalized, according to police.

“The person we were protecting and two colleagues died in this inconceivable and terribly sad tragedy,” said regional police head Carina Persson,” the police statement read.

Vilks’s artwork was condemned by several persons who consider his depictions of the Muslim prophet deeply offensive or blasphemous. The depiction also sparked diplomatic friction, with Sweden’s then prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt meeting ambassadors from several Muslim countries to ease tensions.

In 2015, Vilks survived a gun attack at a free-speech conference in Copenhagen that left a Danish film director dead.

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