Two bombs exploded in Sweden in what the police are describing as a “terror crime.” Before the bombs were detonated, a letter was sent to the media stating the act was a protest against Sweden’s presence in Afghanistan and the caricatures of Mohammad created by artist Lars Vilks.
It also referred to caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad by the Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who depicted the Prophet with the body of a dog in a cartoon in 2007.
Most Muslims consider any depiction of the founder of Islam offensive.
In March, an American who called herself “JihadJane” was charged with plotting to kill Vilks. In May, arsonists tried to set fire to his house.
Vilks, contacted by Reuters Television, said he was safe.
“This is the first casualty of my project,” he said. “It was an act against the Swedish people to scare them and not me. The good news was that a terrorist died and not someone else.”
Evan Kohlmann, a U.S. terrorism consultant, told Reuters that a small militant Islamic community had been based in Sweden for some time. But he thought the incident on Saturday, if an attack, was one man’s work.
“… given the scale of this attack and the target, I suspect this is a homegrown local extremist who may or may not have connections to any actual terrorist organization.”