A car bomb was detonated outside the Danish Embassy in Pakistan. Authorities believe the attack was targeting the Danish embassy in retaliation to the reprinting of the now infamous Mohammed cartoons back in February by several Danish newspapers. The attack came six weeks after al Qaeda deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahiri called on Muslims to retaliate against Denmark for the caricatures. While no group has come forward taking responsibility for the act, Denmark’s intelligence service points its finger to al Qaeda.
Kurt Westergaard, who drew the most memorable cartoon depicting the prophet Mohammed with a bomb in his turban, has stated that he feels no responsibility for Monday’s bombing.
“I have no influence over what fanatics do. But that people have been killed is really painful,” Westergaard told the online edition of newspaper BT. “My cartoon illustrates how some parts of a big religion, Islam, can inspire terrorism. The drawing has meant that I have been a target of the terrorists wish to kill me – and now this in Pakistan,” he added.