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Swedish Artist Threatened With Death for Mohammad Cartoon

Swedish police have ordered artist Lars Vilks out of his own home telling him it is no longer safe for him to live there.

The head of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, says he will pay as much as $150,000 to anyone who can kill Vilks because of what he calls offensive pictures of the Muslim Prophet Momammad.

Vilks says police have told him that the threats on his life are very serious. He says he was only allowed to return to his house in Stockholm to pick up a few items.

A Swedish newspaper last month printed Vilks' cartoon of Mohammad's head on a dog's body.

Vilks received support of the press freedom group Reporters Without Borders Monday, saying what it calls barbaric fundamentalism cannot take away the freedom to draw cartoons.

It says offering a reward for Vilks' death shows a shocking lack of humanity.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

 

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