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Originally published Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 3:09 AM

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Muhammad cartoonist calls attacker 'cowardly liar'

A Danish cartoonist who caricatured the Prophet Muhammad says the ax-wielding Somali man who broke into his home wanted to kill him and is lying about the purpose of the attack.

The Associated Press

COPENHAGEN, Denmark —

A Danish cartoonist who caricatured the Prophet Muhammad says the ax-wielding Somali man who broke into his home wanted to kill him and is lying about the purpose of the attack.

Kurt Westergaard testified Thursday that the 29-year-old intruder stormed into the house on New Year's Day, 2010, "as a holy warrior who wanted to kill an infidel." Westergaard locked himself inside a panic room and was unharmed.

The defendant, who cannot be named under a court order, told the court in Aarhus as the trial opened Wednesday that he just wanted to scare the cartoonist and didn't intend to hurt him.

Westergaard called the man a "cowardly liar."

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