Islamic nations blast Norway cartoon of Muhammad

Two groups of Muslim and Arab nations condemned Thursday the publication by a Norwegian newspaper of cartoons showing the Prophet Muhammad, with the Organization of the Islamic Conference saying the caricatures could provoke acts of revenge. The 12 cartoons drew fierce Muslim protests, even death threats, when they first appeared in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in September. Islamic tradition does not allow depiction of prophets. On Jan. 10, the Norwegian evangelical newspaper Magazinet reprinted the drawings in the name of defending free expression. One of the pictures shows the prophet wearing a turban made of bombs. On Thursday, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, which groups 57 Muslim nations, said in a statement from its headquarters in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, that it "strongly denounces what the Norwegian newspaper has done by publishing again caricatures that mocked Prophet Muhammad."