Retaliation for South Park jokes?
Police are look at all posible motives
Police in New York are investigating whether
a car bomb in Times Square was targeted at the makers of South Park
over a controversial depiction of the Prophet
The device, which failed to detonate, was left
near the offices of Viacom, which owns the irreverent cartoon series.
Last month postings on an Islamic website warned
the creators of South Park - Matt Stone and Trey Parker
- that they could face violent reprisals after
an episode of the show featured Mohammed in a bear suit.
A posting on the website of a US-based group called
Revolution Muslim warned Stone and Parker that they
would “probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh”,
the Dutch film-maker who was murdered in 2004 by a Muslim
angered by his film about Muslim women.
Images of the Prophet are strictly forbidden in
Islam, and Comedy Central, which broadcasts South Park,
has banned Stone and Parker from depicting Mohammed
in the past. In 2006 the network stopped them from
featuring Mohammed in an episode which followed
worldwide protests over a caricature by a Danish cartoonist.
Detectives are also understood to be investigating
striking similarities between the New York bomb and
two car bombs planted by Islamic terrorists outside
the Tiger Tiger nightclub in London in 2007.
In both cases, the devices comprised cylinders
of propane gas and cans full of petrol intended to be ignited by electronic
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