Two Killed in Texas Shooting at anti-Islam Event

World | May 4, 2015, Monday // 07:26|  views

Heavily armed police secure art work before the Dutch member of parliament and leader of the far-right Party for Freedom, Geert Wilders delivers the keynote address at the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, US

A shootout between police and armed men in Garland, Texas has taken the gunmen's lives after they opened fire on the guests of an anti-Islam exhibition, local officials say.

The event was featuring cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, and the attackers fired at a private security guard outside the Curtis Culwell Center where the exhibition was taking place. It was nearing its end when the incident unfolded.

The guard is not seriously wounded.

According to the New York Times, the American Freedom Defense Initiative was staging the event, which included a contest for the best caricature of the Prophet.

It quotes local administration officials as saying on Facebook that "two males drove up to the front of the building in a car... and began shooting at a Garland I.S.D. security officer."

The event, which comes four months after the terror attack at the offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, also featured a speech by Dutch far-right anti-immigrant politician Geert Wilders.

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Tags: Islamist, Texas, Prophet Muhammad, Geert Wilders, American Freedom Defense Initiative


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