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3 charged in Muhammad cartoonist murder plot

STOCKHOLM -- A Swedish prosecutor on Tuesday charged three men with plotting to murder an artist who depicted the Prophet Muhammad as a dog.

The men, aged 23 to 26 and of Somali and Iraqi origin, were arrested in the city of Goteborg on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.


According to the charges filed Tuesday, the men planned to stab to death artist Lars Vilks, who has faced numerous death threats over his drawing of Muhammad in 2007.

An art gallery was evacuated in connection with the arrests, and police originally treated the case as a terror investigation. They later relabeled it as a murder plot.