Danish cartoonist hid in ‘panic room’ during attack

CNN
January 2, 2009

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Danish political cartoonist Kurt Westergaard hid in a “panic room” inside his home as a man wielding an ax and knife cracked the glass in the home’s front door, Danish police said Saturday.

Police said a home alarm alerted them to the scene in Aarhus at 10 p.m. Friday, and they were attacked by the suspect when they responded. Police shot the suspect.

Westergaard took his 5-year-old granddaughter into the “panic room” when he realized what was happening, Chief Superintendent Ole Madsen said.

Westergaard, who has been threatened for drawing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, is ordinarily accompanied by bodyguards when he leaves his home, but nobody was on guard at the house Friday, the Security and Intelligence Service told CNN.

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