Car crash death of Swedish artist who drew cartoons of Mohammed may have been caused by burst tyre

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Swedish police investigating the automotive crash death of a controversial artist who had survived a number of assassination makes an attempt after drawing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed can not clarify why his automotive was travelling so quick.

Lars Vilks, 75, was killed Sunday when the police automotive he was travelling in veered onto the unsuitable aspect of the highway and collided with a truck. 

Both autos caught fireplace and the truck driver, 45, was taken to hospital with severe accidents, whereas the 2 police safety officers and Vilks have been all killed.

Investigators consider there have been no exterior influences that led to the death of the artist and say the crash may have been caused by a burst tyre.

But they’re unable to clarify why the automotive was travelling at round 100mph, witnesses say, in a 68mph zone.

Lars Vilks, 75, was killed Sunday when the police automotive he was travelling in veered onto the unsuitable aspect of the highway and collided with a truck

Investigators consider there have been no exterior influences that led to the death of the controversial artist

Police chief Carina Persson stated: ‘Normally, it’s essential to comply with the velocity limits and site visitors guidelines that apply. 

‘In some conditions, the police have the chance to drive at different speeds, in pressing instances and pressing service.’

Asked whether or not there was any indication why the automotive would have been in a rush, Ms Persson replied: ‘I have no such data.’

Police say at current, there’s nothing to recommend the crash was something apart from an accident.

Investigators have discovered stays of a tyre on the highway earlier than the automotive veered by way of the metallic obstacles on the central reservation, into the trail of the truck.

The automotive carrying Mr Vilks was reportedly travelling at a excessive velocity earlier than it veered into the opposite lane and collided with the truck, turning into wedged beneath it. Both autos caught fireplace (pictured)

They consider the dimensions of the automotive, weighing an estimated 4.5 tonnes, helped it push by way of the crash barrier which is often meant to stop such incidents occurring.

A police probe continues to be trying into whether or not there was any foul play, whereas one other investigation is specializing in gross negligence by the police driver. 

The automotive was being adopted by one other police escort automotive, whose officers are being interviewed as witnesses.

Stefan Sinteus, head of the regional investigation unit, stated: ‘We don’t but know the explanation why the bodyguard automotive has crossed the unsuitable lane. 

A police probe continues to be trying into whether or not there was any foul play, whereas one other investigation is specializing in gross negligence by the police driver

‘We have discovered tyre stays, so we’re trying on the chance if there might have been a tyre explosion or comparable.’ 

The truck driver, 45, stays in hospital with severe accidents. 

The collision occurred simply earlier than 3pm in Markaryd, within the province of Kronoberg, Sweden. 

National Police Chief Anders Thornberg stated: ‘It is with dismay and nice disappointment that I acquired the information that our two colleagues and our safety particular person died this afternoon. 

‘My ideas exit to their relations, households, associates and colleagues. 

‘I’m additionally in touch with the police within the area to ensure that they get the assist they want.’

The relations of Mr Vilks and the 2 officers have been notified.  

The truck driver was airlifted to hospital by helicopter, the place he will probably be questioned by police over what occurred.     

The part of the highway has reportedly been rebuilt a number of instances in recent times to enhance site visitors security.   

Vilks was largely unknown outdoors Sweden earlier than 2007, when he drew a sketch of Mohammed with a canine’s physique. 

Dogs are thought-about unclean by conservative Muslims and Islamic legislation typically opposes any depiction of the prophet, even beneficial, for worry it might result in idolatry.

Al-Qaeda put a bounty on Vilks’ head. In 2010, two males tried to burn down his home in southern Sweden.

Since that point, Vilks was pressured to stay below police safety, ‘as a consequence of the truth that he made use of his freedom of expression and his inventive freedom,’ Lind stated Monday.

Over the years he continued to face death threats.

In 2014, a girl from Pennsylvania pleaded responsible in a plot to kill him.

The following year, a free-speech seminar that Vilks attended in Copenhagen, Denmark, was attacked by a lone gunman who killed a Danish movie director and wounded three cops.

Pakistani protesters shout anti-Swedish slogans throughout a protest in Lahore in opposition to Vilks

Vilks, who was extensively believed to have been the supposed goal of that 2015 assault, was whisked away unhurt by bodyguards. The gunman later killed a Jewish safety guard outdoors a synagogue and wounded two extra officers earlier than he was killed in a firefight with police. 

Born in 1946 in Helsingborg, in southern Sweden, Vilks labored as an artist for nearly 4 a long time and rose to fame for difficult the boundaries of artwork by way of a number of controversial works.

His most well-known items included ‘Nimis’ – a sculpture of driftwood constructed with out permission in Sweden’s Kullaberg nature reserve – in addition to Prophet Muhammad drawings, together with the one which confirmed the prophet as a canine.

Vilks initially deliberate to show the drawing at an exhibit at a Swedish cultural heritage heart, however the drawing was eliminated over safety considerations. 

It went largely unnoticed till a Swedish newspaper printed the drawing with an editorial defending freedom of expression.

Several of his works, together with driftwood sculptures and Mohammad drawings, together with the one displaying the Muslim prophet’s head on the physique of a canine, are at present on show in Warsaw, Poland. 

The works are being proven as half an exhibition curated by a right-wing director that goals to problem left-wing political correctness.