LARS VILKS

Second Arson Suspect Held

Updated: Sunday 1pm

Police have now arrested another young man for suspected involvement in an arson attack against the home of muhammad cartoonist Lars Vilks late on Friday.

He's 19 year's old and like the 21 year old arrested on Saturday night, is also from Landskrona. He was arrested in Helsingborg on Sunday morning.

The fire damage at the home of the 64 year old was not extensive and the blaze had burned itself out on discovery on Saturday morning. The 64 year old artist had not stayed at home on Friday night. Bottles with petrol were found inside the home of Vilks.

The arson attack came just days after Vilks himself was physically attacked on May 11th while giving a lecture about free speech at Uppsala University. A day later his own website was hacked into. According to TT, the artist is now considering moving house.

The threats against the artist date back to 2007 when and originate back to when Swedish regional daily Nerikes Allehanda published Vilks' satirical cartoon of the prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog to illustrate an editorial on the importance of freedom of expression.

It led to protests by some Muslim groups and even death threats by extremists.

More recently, four men and three women, all Muslims originally from Morocco and Yemen, were arrested in southern Ireland in March over an alleged plot to assassinate Lars Vilks.