Al Qaeda Calls For Cartoonist's Murder

Other News Materials 15 September 2007 20:03 (UTC +04:00)

(BBC) The alleged head of al Qaeda in Iraq has offered a ?50,000 bounty for the killing of a Swedish cartoonist for his depiction of the Prophet Mohammed.

Protest in Pakistan over latest cartoonAbu Omar al Baghdadi said his group would attack Swedish multinationals, such as Ericsson, Volvo and Ikea, unless the country apologised for Lars Vilks ' drawing.

The leader of the self-styled Islamic State in Iraq said the contract would rise to ?74,000 if Vilk was "slaughtered like a lamb".

He also offered ?24,000 for the killing of the editor of Nerikes Allehanda , the Swedish daily which last month published Vilks ' image, depicting the head of the Prophet on the body of a dog.