An Australian who pledge support for the ISIS urged the Texas attack just days before the shooting at the Muhammad cartoon drawing contest took place. The man from Melbourne has called on for fellow supporters from Texas to launch an attack in the event through his Twitter account.
Aussie IS supporter called for “brother in Texas” to launch an attack
An Australian from Melbourne who was only known by his Twitter handle “Australi Witness” has called for “brothers in Texas” to go at the event “with your weapons, bombs or with knives,” the Herald Sun reported. His call was posted on Twitter days before the Muhammad cartoon drawing contest was attacked. The man even shared a map of the center where the event was held, the Herald Sun said in its report.
According to the report, the Twitter post from the Melbourne man was shared by one of the two suspects just hours before the attack was launched.
One suspect pledged loyalty to ISIS
One of the two suspects implicated for the Texas attack has pledged loyalty to ISIS through a Twitter post hours before the attack, CNN reported, citing sources from federal law enforcement. The suspect identified as Elton Simpson was also convicted for making false statements involving international and domestic terrorism in 2011.
“May Allah accept us as mujahideen,” Simpson’s tweet reads. The post included a pledge of loyalty to “Amirul Mu’mineen,” a reference to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, according to CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank.
After the Texas attack, another IS supporter posted a message of support. “Allahu Akbar!!!! 2 of our brothers just opened fire,” the post read as seen by CNN. The supporter was identified by authorities as Junaid Hussain, a British ISIS fighter in Syria.
U.S. officials in charge are still investigating whether the incident has links to ISIS. Authorities said that the Texas attack may have been inspired by ISIS, but it does not mean that the terrorist group was behind the attack.
The suspects were gentle persons
Worshipers from the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix where the two suspects attended worships said the two men are gentle individuals. The other suspect is identified as Nadir Soofi.
“He was a gentle person. He always had a good attitude, a good demeanor,” said Usama Shami, the president of the community center.
Soofi used to come to the mosque with his young son, Shami said.
“They didn’t show any signs of radicalization or any signs of even thinking about those things in that manner. So when that happens it just shocks you. How good did you know these people, that’s the question that people ask themselves,” Shami told CNN.
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