Texas Attack Controlled by ISIS?

Texas Attack Controlled by ISIS?

On Tuesday, The Islamic State group (ISIS), claimed responsibility for a weekend attack at a centre near Dallas, Texas. This targeted location was exhibiting cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. For the first time the IS has claimed responsibility for an attack in the United States.

The physical depiction of the Prophet Muhammad in this Texas centre has sparked the violence. The Islamic tradition even considers a respectful physical depiction, of any of its prophets, including Jesus and Moses as blasphemous.

A twitter posting remarked, "Let anyone who wants to draw the picture of our Prophet to think one thousand times before doing so, because our hands can reach his neck”.

Al Bayan, the radio station of the extremist group, based in the Syrian city of Raqqa, flashed an audio confession that two soldiers of the caliphate have carried out the Sunday's attack. The audio statement also promised that the group would deliver more attacks in the future.

The radio station voiced the threat, “We tell America that what is coming will be more grievous and more bitter and you will see from the soldiers of the Caliphate what will harm you, God willing”.

However, no direct link of this attack to the ISIS has been established. It is doubted that the group is opportunistically claiming the attack as its own. IS members and followers are celebrating by posting online on IS-affiliated militant websites.

The two suspects of this Sunday attack were shot dead, after they opened fire at an unarmed security guard, stationed outside the contest centre, which featured cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. The officials have identified the suspects as Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi.

ISIS is an extremist group, responsible for numerous attacks in Western countries. They have captured large areas of Syria and Iraq.