Seven held in connection with 'cartoonist assassination plot'

Seven Muslims were arrested today in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate a Swedish cartoonist who depicted the Prophet Mohammed's head on a dog's body, gardaí have said.

Seven held in connection with 'cartoonist assassination plot'

Seven Muslims were arrested today in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate a Swedish cartoonist who depicted the Prophet Mohammed's head on a dog's body, gardaí have said.

Those held are aged from their mid 20s to mid 40s and are being held for questioning under Section 50 of Criminal Justice Act 2007 at Waterford, Tramore, Dungarvan and Thomastown garda stations.

It is understood that some of those arrested hold Irish citizenship and a number are originally from the Middle East.

The cartoon by Lars Vilks caused outrage among the Muslim community - who regard the visual representation of the Prophet as blasphemous.

Police had to take the cartoonist to a secret location for his own safety at the time after the purported head of al-Qaida in Iraq put a US$100,000 (€73,778) bounty on his head.

The four men and three women were detained after an investigation involving European security agencies and the United States’ CIA and FBI.

They can be held for up to seven days.

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