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Swedish Artist Who's Caricatured Muhammad Believes He Was Intended Target in Copenhagen Attack

The artist also told the AP he thinks it's possible that Saturday's attack "was inspired by Charlie Hebdo."

In this Jan. 3, 2012 file photo, Swedish artist Lars Vilks poses for a photograph in Nyhamnslage, Sweden. Shots were fired Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 at a cafe in Copenhagen that was hosting a freedom of speech event organized by Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has faced numerous threats for caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad. (Image source: AP/Bjorn Lindgren, File)

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish artist Lars Vilks says he believes he was the intended target of a shooting at a free speech event in Copenhagen that left one person dead and three police officers wounded.

In this Jan. 3, 2012 file photo, Swedish artist Lars Vilks poses for a photograph in Nyhamnslage, Sweden. Shots were fired Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 at a cafe in Copenhagen that was hosting a freedom of speech event organized by Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has faced numerous threats for caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad. (Image source: AP/Bjorn Lindgren, File)

Vilks, who has received numerous threats for caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad, was unharmed in Saturday's attack. But he told The Associated Press by telephone "what other motive could there be?"

The artist also told the AP he thinks it's possible that Saturday's attack "was inspired by Charlie Hebdo," referring to last month's attack by Islamic extremists that left 12 dead at the French satirical magazine in Paris. He did not give any proof for that statement.

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