Attacker faces terror charge

2010-07-02 21:12

Copenhagen - Denmark's top prosecutor has charged a Somali man with terrorism for allegedly trying to kill a cartoonist who caricatured the Prophet Muhammad.

Joergen Steen Soerensen said on Friday that the man, who cannot be named under a court order, wanted to "seriously frighten the population" and destabilise Denmark in the attack on cartoonist Kurt Westergaard.

The 28-year-old allegedly broke into Westergaard's home in January, armed with a knife and an axe.

Police shot him in the arm and leg. Westergaard was not injured.

The suspect has claimed he only wanted to frighten Westergaard and has denied all charges except of possessing weapons.