Investigators link Texas shooting to ISIS

FBI agents carry out investigations at the scene of the shootings (AP)

U.S. authorities are investigating possible links between gunmen shot dead by police at an anti-Muslim event near Dallas and international terrorist groups, a U.S. government source said on Monday.

The source said the FBI and other U.S. agencies believed the incident on Sunday could have been instigated or directed by foreign-based militants such as ISIS, which operates mainly in Syria and parts of Iraq.

According to reports the Twitter account Shariah is Light used the hashtag #texasattack before the violence erupted with a pledge of allegiance to the ‘leader of the faithful’ in reference to ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi - website Vocativ reported.

And after the shootings, the AlBritani account tweeted: “They Thought They Was Safe In Texas From The Soldiers of The Islamic State.”

The report added that the shooting happened at a cartoon drawing event, where people were apparently encouraged to draw pictures of the prophet – which was organized by the American Freedom Defense Initiative – which is said to be classified as a hate group.

(With Reuters)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44