Danish police have shot a terror suspect who broke into the home of the cartoonist whose depictions of the Prophet Mohammed caused riots around the world.

The intruder was linked to Somali terror organisation al Shabaab and al Qaeda leaders in east Africa, the Danish Security and Intelligence Service PET said in a statement.

He was shot twice and will be charged with two counts of attempted murder after also attacking a policeman.

Mr Westergaard said he pressed a panic button and fled to the safe room in his Aarhus home with his five-year-old granddaughter.

“I locked myself in our safe room,” Mr Westergaard, 74, told the Danish news agency Ritzau.

“He tried to smash the entrance door with an axe.

“He used insults, I don’t remember which, but it was bad language. He spoke poor Danish and he wound up saying he’d be back.”

Servizz mill-Maltastar tas-Sibt 02.01.2010.

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