Swedish artist has faced attempted attacks and death threats since depicting Mohammed as a dog in 2007

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One person was killed Saturday when at least two gunmen opened fire on a Copenhagen blasphemy seminar in an apparent assassination attempt on a Swedish artist who had received death threats for publishing cartoons of the prophet Mohammed.

Lars Vilks, 68, was hustled into the kitchen of the Krudttoenden cafe by bodyguards and was unharmed. Three police officers were wounded, Danish TV2 reported. Police said the dead victim was a 40-year-old man.

Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt called the shooting “a cynical act of violence.” She said it had all the signs of a political assassination attempt and “act of terrorism.”

The Danish Security and Intelligence Service said in a statement that the shooting appeared to be a planned terrorist attack.

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