Police: 'Assassin' Arrested, Bounty Issued For Geert Wilders Ahead of 'Draw Muhammad' Event

Dutch MP and anti-Islamization figurehead Geert Wilders flirted with grave danger after an alleged assassination attempt was thwarted and a bounty was placed on his head, reports indicate.

A man believed to be Pakistani was arrested this week after posting a video to Facebook announcing his arrival in The Hague with the apparent intention of killing Wilders, according to authorities.

Wilders tweeted that Dutch counterterrorism officials notified him regarding the plot and even attached an article from media outlet NOS describing the matter in detail.

"I was told by NCTb this morning that a man on Facebook said in a video that he arrived in NL for the purpose of killing me," Wilders wrote. "Fortunately, he is arrested."

"It is madness that this is happening over a drawing contest and that it rains death threats."

The man is 26-years-old and delivered his brief manifesto in Urdu at the central train station in The Hague, according to NOS.

A copy of the video, translated by linguists at Vlad Tepesblog, can be found here.

"I'm in the Netherlands," the man says, according to the translation. "I'm about five minutes from Parliament where the exhibition is. Only he [Wilders] is my target. If Allah wills it, I will be successful."

"The reason: they make jokes about our prophet."

Also, reports and supporting video evidence have also surfaced claiming a Pakistani cricket player has placed a bounty on Wilders' life amounting to roughly $23,500.

"On Twitter, a Pakistani cricketer announced that he put about 20,000 euros on the head of 'blasphemer' Geert Wilders," reports NOS. "The player is Khalid Latif, who last year was banned from playing five years due to match fixing in the Pakistani cricket competition."

Wilders advertised plans to host a "Draw Muhammad" cartoon contest at his party's chambers in Dutch Parliament some time this fall, and has received an increased slew of death threats since the announcement.

(PHOTO: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

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