Elton S. wanted to leave for Somalia
On Sunday, two men fired assault rifles at the Curtis Culwell Conference Center in Garland, near Dallas. There was an exhibition organized by the Islam-critical American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), in which, among others, the controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders participated and in whose announcement 10.000 dollars were offered for the best caricature of the Mohammed.
During the attack, the assailants wounded a policeman in the lower leg, after which another policeman shot them both. In total, the event was protected by 40 police officers and guards, for which the AFDI said it had spent a five-figure sum.
Now it became known that one of the terrorists, Elton S., had already been targeted by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2006. Four years later, the convert was convicted of perjury and sentenced to pay a fine for declaring to the FBI that he did not want to leave for Somalia, but admitting to an informant that he planned to go there via Sud Africa. The FBI’s suspicion that Elton S. wanted to fight there for Islamist terrorist militias, the court saw no reason for it, despite the wording that he would "make it to the battlefield" was not proven.
Moreover, at the time, the African-American man was in contact with a person the FBI believed was trying to set up a terrorist cell in Arizona. It is unclear why the man was not monitored more closely and how he obtained the assault rifle. Currently, the authorities are investigating whether and what connections he has to the terrorist group Link to http:.our site.html, which yesterday claimed responsibility for the attack.
Elton S. Image processing: Telepolis
Among other things, they searched the shared accommodation of the two killed terrorists and a van parked in front of the house. In the remains of the car blown up by a bomb search team as a precautionary measure, the two were killed in the attack on the 1.500 kilometers from their home, ammunition was found, but no explosives.
The relatives of Elton S. meanwhile love to spread a declaration via a law firm from Phoenix, in which it is stated that they had no idea of his terror plans and are now "deeply shocked". on the other, Nadir S., little more is known so far than that he was with Elton S. cohabited.
Ali Saleem, spokesman for the Dallas branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), distanced himself from the attack and stressed that many American Muslims would regret that the terrorists had brought attention to an event they felt was best ignored. Pamela Geller, president of the AFDI, on the other hand, said that the attack had once again shown the world the need for events to draw attention to the current dangers to freedom of expression.
The incident is reminiscent of the attack on a freedom of expression conference in the Danish capital of Copenhagen that killed one participant in February. It was attended, among others, by Swedish art professor Lars Vilks, who became famous in 2007 for his cartoons of Muhammad and who referred to al-Qaeda in Iraq (the forerunner of the terrorist group Islamic State) 150.had offered a $ 000 bounty. The perpetrator, who was arrested and killed in a firefight with police, was an Arab who grew up in Denmark. Six weeks earlier, two French Arabs had stormed the editorial offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, shooting and killing twelve people. Charlie Hebdo was also known for its cartoons of Mohammed.