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ISIL Claims Responsibility for Texas Shooting - Reports

© AP Photo / LM OteroAn armed police officer stands guard at a parking lot near the Curtis Culwell Center
An armed police officer stands guard at a parking lot near the Curtis Culwell Center - Sputnik International
Terrorists reportedly praised the attack at a Prophet Muhammad cartoons exhibition in Texas and took responsibility for it.

People are sequestered by members of the Garland Police Department inside the Curtis Culwell Center, Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Garland, Texas. - Sputnik International
Charlie Hebdo's Aftershocks: Shooting at Muhammad Cartoon Contest in Texas
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the shootout at a Prophet Muhammad cartoons exhibition in Garland, Texas, Agence France Press reported.

Two gunmen opened fire in a parking lot near the Curtis Culwell Center in Texas on Sunday evening, wounding a security guard in the leg.

Police responded within seconds and killed both shooters.

The identities of the gunmen have not been revealed, but ISIL militants reportedly praised the attack and took responsibility for it online.

According to media reports, a radical account entitled “AbuHussainAlBritani” posted remarks before and after the attack. The first message threatened to hit US streets with “death and slaughter.” In another tweet, the account referred to the two suspects who opened fire at the exhibition center in Texas as "brothers."

A police officer stands near the suspects' vehicle after a shooting outside the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative in Garland, Texas - Sputnik International
Texas Attack Tweeted Minutes Before Shooting in Garland
“They Thought They Was Safe In Texas From The Soldiers of The Islamic State,” the final message posted on the account read, as quoted by the LA Times.

This Twitter account, as well as the pro-extremist account “Sharia is Light” that posted a comment with the hashtag #texasattack minutes before the Texas shooting on Sunday, have been suspended.

Nearly 200 people were present at the event when the attackers opened fire. They were evacuated. Police began searching for explosives that could have been placed near the scene.

In early January, radicals attacked the office of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo that printed Prophet Muhammad cartoons. The massacre took 17 lives.

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