Collen LaRose changed her plea to guilty. Photo: Anonymous

"Jihad Jane" pleads guilty to Vilks assassination plot

The American woman dubbed "Jihad Jane" has pleaded guilty in court on charges of planning to assassinate Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks and recruiting men online to wage "violent jihad" in South Asia and Europe.

At a change of plea hearing in federal court in Philadelphia on Tuesday , Colleen LaRose admitted to plotting with others over the internet to kill Vilks, who drew the Prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog.

LaRose from Pennsburg, Pennsylvania has been in custody for more than a year and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted of the charges.

Earlier last weekend when asked to comment on LaRose's planned change of pleaty, Vilks told the news agency TT that he has become "hardened" to this kind of news. "A lot of people try to make a joke out the fact that she was just an American house wife. And sure, there are a lot of amateur terrorists that are not particularly skilful, but they are often prepared to give it a try, and that is bad enough," Vilks said.

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