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Home of Swedish Artist Lars Vilks, attacked

The home of Lars Vilks, the Swedish artist has been hit by an arson attack three days after he was attacked by a Muslim student during a lecture at Stockholm Uppsala University and two days after his website was hacked.

Swedish Artist Lars Vilks, attacked in lecture over Muhammed Cartoon

Photo by - AP Photo/Bertil Ericson
Photo by - AP Photo/Bertil Ericson

The artist who depicted the Prophet Muhammad as a dog in a magazine in 1997 has received death threats since by suspected Muslim extremists insulted by the imitation.

The artist who lives in the South of Sweden was not at home during the attack which occurred on late Friday night police have said.

Police was called to the artist home in the afternoon when passersby became suspicious as the windows of the house were smashed and there was damage caused by fire.

It has been reported that police found gasoline in bottles which were thought have been used in trying to cause a fire in the house.

Small areas of fire were found in the house which is thought to have gone out on its own.

Vilks who was attacked during a lecture on free speech at the Stockholm Uppsala University by Muslim students had said he was unfazed and would like to give another lecture on the matter of free speech.

The Swedish artist who is known to joke about the threats he has received since 2007, including from al-Qaida.

Just last month, comedy central had edited a South Park episode which depicted Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit after threats were received.

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