ISIS Claims Responsibility for Garland Attack
On a radio show on its official network Tuesday ISIS claimed responsibility for the shooting in Garland, Texas Sunday night.
ISIS said the two gunmen who opened fire on the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest held by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, an anti-Islam group run by Pamela Geller, were their “brothers.”
One security guard was shot by the two men, who have been identified as Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi (pictured left); he survived. Both gunmen were killed in an exchange of fire with a police officer.
“We say to the defenders of the cross, the U.S., that future attacks are going to be harsher and worse,” the radio announcer said. “The Islamic State soldiers will inflict harm on you with the grace of God. The future is just around the corner.”
Simpson had previously been under FBI surveillance for suspicions of attempting to join the terror group al-Shabbab.
It is unclear in this case what taking responsibility for the attack means. Though investigators are looking into Simpson’s possible ISIS sympathies, there is no evidence yet that the two men had any contact with the Sunni militant group.
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