A Danish court on Friday sentenced a Somali man to nine years in prison followed by expulsion for trying to kill a cartoonist whose 2005 drawing of the Prophet Mohammad provoked Muslim outrage around the world.

The court in the city of Aarhus sentenced Muhudiin Mohamed Geele to be expelled from Denmark and banned from the country for life after serving his sentence, a police official said.

Geele, 29, broke into the home of cartoonist Kurt Westergaard with an axe and a sharp knife on New Year's Day last year. He was convicted on Thursday of an attempted act of terrorism and attempted manslaughter.

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