Tamil Diplomat

Copenhagen attack cartoonist Lars Vilks wins award

A Swedish cartoonist who depicted the Prophet Muhammad as a dog has made his first public appearance since attending a debate that was targeted in a gun attack in Copenhagen last month.Lars Vilks received a prize for courage from a free press group, at a heavily secured event in the Danish parliament. His cartoon offended many Muslims and he now lives under guard in Sweden.

A radicalised gunman with gang links attacked the Copenhagen debate and a synagogue, killing two people. A film-maker died in the shooting at a cafe hosting the free speech debate, while a guard was killed in the shooting outside the synagogue. The gunman, Omar El Hussein, was later shot dead by police. He had recently been released from prison but is not thought to have been part of a terror cell.