ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack on a Muhammad cartoon drawing contest in Texas. The group announced its responsibility of the Sunday attack through an audio message aired on radio stations in the Syria city of Raqqa. The group said the two suspects, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, are “two soldiers of the caliphate.”
ISIS warns America of more bitter and harder attack
Simpson and Soofi are “two soldiers of the caliphate,” ISIS said in an audio message aired on Al Bayan radio station in Raqqa as reported by Fox News.
“We tell America that what is coming is more bitter and harder and you will see from the soldiers of the Caliphate what harms you,” the message said.
The group said the attack was launched because the contest “was portraying negative images of the Prophet Muhammad.”
Mysterious ISIS recruiter
Simpson was communicating with an ISIS recruiter days ahead of the Muhammad cartoon exhibit. The mysterious IS recruiter is known online as “Miski,” an investigation conducted by ABC News found.
In April, Miski responded to a tweet posted by Simpson.
“Where are the warriors of this Ummah [community]? The brothers from the Charlie Hebdo attack did their part. It’s time for brothers in the #US to do their part,” Miski’s post reads.
Miski’s influence as a recruiter is extensive, according to David Ibsen, Executive Director of the Counter Extremism Project.
“He’s known as one of the go-to individuals online who individuals who want more information about how to travel to ISIS-controlled territory, who want information about what these radical groups are doing, they go to him,” Ibsen told ABC News.
Ibsen described Miski as someone belonging to the new wave of propagandists keen at using different social media platform to reach an audience.
“Without individuals like him who are on Twitter and inciting violence, we could think that many of these events wouldn’t actually occur,” Ibsen said.
A former counter-terrorism official told ABC News that Miski has always succeeded in keeping his whereabouts hidden from investigators.
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