Danish prosecutors have added a terrorism charge to two charges of attempted murder against a Somali man who broke into the home of a cartoonist whose 2005 drawing of the Prophet Mohammad sparked global Muslim outrage.

The 28-year-old man, who police have said has links to al Qaeda and other militant organizations, was charged with attempting to kill cartoonist Kurt Westergaard and a police officer on January 1 in the town of Aarhus.

Marian Thomsen, chief prosecutor with the East Jutland Police, said the charges were expanded "because trying to kill Kurt Westergaard had a bigger purpose than just killing him."

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