New Delhi: Jordanian writer, Nahed Hattar, who was condemned and put on trial for ‘anti-Islam’ cartoon was shot dead outside of the court by an unidentified gunman on Sunday.

The assailant, who came out of nowhere, shot Hattar in front of the court in Amman’s Abdali district. He was struck with three bullets. Authorities attending the scene immediately arrested the man.

Hattar, who was 56 and a Christian, was arrested on August 13 after he posted a cartoon on his Facebook account which mocked jihadists. He was eventually granted bail in early September following which Hattar removed the cartoon from his Facebook account.

As a clarification, Hattar had written that his cartoon ridiculed “terrorists and how they imagine God and heaven, and does not insult God in any way”.

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