As usual, it’s still all about killing over cartoons.
Irish arrests over ‘plot to kill Swedish cartoonist’
Seven people have been arrested in the Irish Republic over an alleged plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist for depicting the Prophet Muhammad, police say.
The four men and three women are all Muslim immigrants, according to media reports, though a police statement did not confirm this.
Cartoonist Lars Vilks had depicted the Prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog in the Nerikes Allehanda newspaper.
Islamic militants put a $100,000 (£67,000) bounty on his head.
Mr Vilks was quoted as saying he was unfazed by the arrests, which he said he thought could be linked to two death threats he had received by telephone in January.
Irish police said the seven suspects were arrested after an investigation into a “conspiracy to murder an individual in another jurisdiction”, a probe that also involved police in the US and other European countries.
The suspects ranged in age from their mid-20s to late-40s.
Ireland’s RTE news network reported that five were detained in Waterford and two others in Cork.
RTE said those in custody were originally refugees from Morocco and Yemen, but had gained asylum and were in the Republic of Ireland legally.
Mr Vilks has been under police protection in Sweden since threats were made against his life.
“I’m not shaking with fear, exactly,” he told Swedish news agency TT after Tuesday’s arrests.
“I have prepared in different ways and I have an axe here in case someone should manage to get in through the window.”
In 2007 a group linked to al-Qaeda in Iraq offered a $100,000 reward for killing Mr Vilks, and a 50% bonus if he was “slaughtered like a lamb” by having his throat cut.
Montco woman accused of helping terrorists
A woman from Montgomery County who used the online nickname of “JihadJane” has been indicted for conspiring to provide support to Islamic terrorists with whom she allegedly plotted to kill a Swedish artist.
Prosecutors accused Colleen R. LaRose, 46, of emailing terrorists sympathizers and offering to use her American looks and identity to carry out an attack. She was arrested last October but her incarceration was kept secret until today.
American and foreign governments used the time to sweep up a terrorist network in Ireland, according to news media in that country. The Irish Times said seven men, most from other nations, were arrested as part of a plot to murder a Swedish artist who drew a controversial image of the Prophet Muhammad.
Two American officials told the Inquirer that LaRose’s arrest was connected to the Irish investigation and planned attack in Sweden.
LaRose was arrested at Philadelphia International Airport when she stepped off a plane from Europe in October. Her internet postings sympathetic to radical jihad attracted the FBI’s attention.
American officials say LaRose, who is divorced, lived in Texas before moving to the Philadelphia area in 2004. A white woman of slight build, LaRose has no known occupation.
LaRose lived in a Pennsburg apartment building, attached to a post office, when FBI agents started their investigation last fall.
She is accused of recruiting women online to travel to Europe “in support of violent jihad,” the indictment says.
The court document quotes email messages in which LaRose, who also used the online name “Fatima LaRose,” as telling a South Asian man that her appearance would allow her to “blend in with many people.”
She later received a “direct order” to kill a citizen of Sweden, identified as Lars Vilks.
LaRose is accused of writing this email: “i will make this my goal till i achieve it or die trying.”
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/the Religion of Peace my ass (ROPMA)!
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