Two Gunmen Killed Outside Prophet Mohammad Cartoon Contest As They Tried To Shoot Into Event

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Two gunmen have been shot dead
after opening fire outside a conference on cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in
a suburb of Dallas, US police say.
They drove to the Curtis Culwell
Center in Garland as the event was ending, and began shooting at a security officer
before being killed by police.


The bomb squad has been called in
to search their vehicle for explosives.
The event, organised by a group
critical of Islam, included a contest for drawings of the Prophet.
One of the keynote speakers was
the Dutch politician Geert Wilders, an outspoken critic of Islam in Western
societies.
Security had been tight, but
Garland police said there had been no credible threats in advance, and it was
not immediately clear if the shootings were related to the event.
ABC news reported that one of the
suspects had been identified as Elton Simpson, an Arizona man who had been
previously investigated on suspicion of terrorism offences.

 The conference centre was locked
down after the shooting

Dutch politician Geert Wilders
released a picture of himself with police in SWAT gear which he said was taken
just before the attack

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