Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Attack At Texas Cartoon Show


The Islamic State group claims responsibility for an attack outside a Texas art show featuring cartoon depictions of the prophet Mohammed, reports USA Today. A statement read on the group’s Al Bayan radio station said “two soldiers of the caliphate” carried out Sunday’s attack. The statement from the group, also known as ISIS and ISIL, said: “We tell … America that what is coming will be more grievous and more bitter and you will see from the soldiers of the Caliphate what will harm you, God willing,” the Associated Press reported.

It is the first time ISIL, which controls vast swaths of Syria and Iraq, has claimed responsibility for an attack on U.S. soil. Police said the suspects shot a security guard, who was wounded in the leg, outside the Mohammed Art Exhibit event at the Curtis Culwell Center in suburban Garland, Tx. A traffic officer killed both suspects, identified as Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi of Phoenix. Simpson, 30, is believed to have tweeted ominous messages before the Garland incident, using the hashtag #texasattack. He was indicted in 2010 for lying to the FBI in a terrorism investigation when he told federal investigators he had not discussed traveling to Somalia to engage in “violent jihad.” He was convicted and sentenced to three years probation.

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