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Lars Vilks

Qaeda leader offers $100,000 for cartoonist death
DUBAI (Reuters) - The head of an al Qaeda-led group in Iraq offered $100,000 for the killing of Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks over his drawing depicting the Prophet Mohammad.

"The award will be increased to $150,000 if he were to be slaughtered like a lamb."

Artist says Prophet picture meant to stir debate
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A Swedish artist threatened with death over his drawing of a dog with the head of Islam's Prophet Mohammad said on Tuesday he drew the picture to spark debate about freedom of expression in the art world.

Showing the original picture at a debate in the Swedish capital, Lars Vilks said he had wanted to test the boundaries of freedom in art.
"It was a project for the art world," Vilks said.

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