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ISIS claims responsibility for Sunday Night’s Attack on Texas Art Contest

May 4, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
ISIS claims responsibility for Sunday Night’s Attack on Texas Art Contest

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The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on a Texas free speech event minutes before the event even took place.

Social media accounts linked to ISIS posted messages about Sunday evening’s attack. According to the LA Times, a Twitter account with the name “Shariah is light” made a reference regarding the attack around 6:35pm Central Standard Time with the hashtag “#texasattack.”

The terror group’s account featured an image of the American-born Al-Qaeda leader Anwar Awlaki, who was killed in a drone strike in Yemen back in 2011.

According to Police, the two suspects drove up to the event, at the Curtis Culwell Center located in the Dallas Suburb of Garland and immediately opened fire injuring a security guard in the ankle. Police returned fire killing both suspects.

Their bodies laid next to the vehicle as police searched for a possible explosive device. As of Monday the suspects hadn’t been identified. However, law enforcement officials revealed that an American-born jihadi called for Charlie Hebdo-style attack at the Texas “draw Muhammad” contest just last week.

According to officials, 25-year-old Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, who fought with the terror group Al-Shabaab in Somalia, is believed to have posted messages calling for violence at the Garland event.

Intelligence agencies believe Al-Shabaab has pledged loyalty to ISIS in recent months.

Participants at the show were told to draw the Islamic prophet Muhammad with the winner collecting a prize of $10,000, which is considered blasphemy by many Muslims.

Officials have linked the shootings to the event. Hassan posted the call for violence on April 23. The message read: ‘The brothers from the Charlie hebdo [sic] attack did their part. It’s time for brothers in the #US to do their part.’

The message posted a link to a news story describing the art event at Garland’s Curtis Culwell Center Sunday night on an account named Mujahid Miski, which is believed to be Hassan’s jihadi alias.

After the shooting, a second Twitter account named “Shariah is Light” also tweeted a call for follow up attacks with the title “AbuHussainAlBritani.”

The second account’s messages referenced the Texas shooting and linked it directly to the terror group ISIS. The account read: “The knives have been sharpened, soon we will come to your streets with death and slaughter!”

A second message followed, which said: “Allahu Akbar!!!!! 2 of our brothers just opened fire at the Prophet Muhammad art exhibition in Texas!” Followed by a third post:“Kill Those That Insult The Prophet,”

And a final message from the account posted an ominous warning: “They Thought they were Safe In Texas From The Soldiers of The Islamic State.”

Twitter suspended both accounts as of Sunday night.

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