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Garland, United States--3 May 2015

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 5 December 2017

Date: 3 May 2015 (7:00 PM CDT)

Location: Garland, Texas, United States

Type of event: terrorism


At an event hosting a contest for cartoons critical of Islam, two attackers attempting to enter the facility were stopped by guards; one guard was shot and injured by the attackers, the attackers were both shot and killed by another guard (an off-duty police officer).

The two attackers, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, were roommates from Phoenix, Arizona; Simpson had been charged by the FBI in 2009 with attempting to travel to Somalia to engage in "violent jihad", was convicted for lying to federal agents but the terrorism-related charge was thrown out by the judge, with Simpson sentenced to 3 years' probation; Simpson posted in social media just prior to the attack the message "May Allah accept us as mujahideen, #texasattack"; Soofi had a recent conviction for marijuana possession and attended the same Phoenix mosque as Simpson.

Consequences: 2 killed, 1 injured


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