Dallas government finally identified those who assaulted the exhibition of Prophet Muhammad cartoons. According to the New York Times and the Washington Post newspapers, the suspects are Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi.
Dallas government finally identified those who assaulted the exhibition of Prophet Muhammad cartoons.
According to the New York Times and the Washington Post newspapers, the suspects are Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi.
FBI said that agents were looking for an apartment in Phoenix, Arizona. Simpson was reported to live there.
On Sunday, right after the event, two gunmen were killed. Some reports said that before Simpson was suspected of terrorism offences.
As we know, two gunmen drove to the Muhammad Art Exhibit which took place in the Dallas suburbs near Garland. When the event was ending, they opened fire against two officers in a car park.
A Garland police officer Joe Harn said that two gunmen was killed by one of the officers who returned fire. The second police officer was shot in leg and soon was taken to the hospital. According to Mr Harn, the gunmen had been there to shoot people.
The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), which is lead by blogger and activist Pamela Geller, organised the event. An outright critic of Islam in Western societies Geert Wilders was one of the main speakers.
The event was about getting $10,000 for a cartoon of Prophet Muhammad as many Muslims are resented by images of Prophet Muhammad.
Before the accident, Simpson sent several messages on his Twitter account saying “May Allah accept us as mujahideen”(holy fighters). He also used hashtag #texasattack. Later his Twitter account was suspended.
Court documents show that some years ago Simpson was sentenced for lying to the government about his intention to go to Somalia.
According to The FBI’s John Lannarelli, two attackers lived together in the apartment in Phoenix. But it is not officially approved.
The bodies of the suspects were at the scene of crime until Monday, surrounded by shell casings. Garland’s mayor claimed that there had been a lot of concern about the event. Although the police said that there had been no believable menaces.
Pamela Geller said that the incident showed the need for such kind of conferences. She also added that they were always limiting their freedom in order not to offend “savages”. Pamela denied being anti-Muslim, but “anti-jihad”.