Danish cartoonist deplores embassy bombing in Pakistan

Danish newspaper cartoonist Kurt Westergaard said he did not feel responsible for Monday's bombing of the Danish embassy in Pakistan, but deplored the deaths and injuries, reported dpa

"I have no influence over what fanatics do. But that people have been killed is really painful," Westergaard told the online edition of newspaper BT.

Westergaard's cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed depicted with a bomb in his turban was one of 12 published in newspapers that sparked violent protests in 2006 by Muslims worldwide and triggered a boycott of Danish goods.

Leading Danish newspapers reprinted the cartoons in February after Danish security police said they had averted an alleged plot to murder Westergaard.

Pakistan was one of the countries were protests were reported after the republication.

"My cartoon illustrates how some parts of a big religion, Islam, can inspire terrorism. The drawing has meant that I have been a target of the terrorists wish to kill me - and now this in Pakistan," he added.

Westergaard said he "could not personally take responsibility" if his cartoon had played a role in the car bombing of the embassy in Islamabad.

The Danish government earlier Monday said it did not know who had committed the bombing, which killed six people and injured more than 20.

Westergaard protested when Dutch opposition legislator Geert Wilders used his drawing in a controversial 16-minute anti-Islam film earlier this year, and the cartoonist also went to court to stop a Danish anti-Islam group from using his cartoon in connection with a protest in the city of Aalborg.

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