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FBI search Phoenix home of gunmen killed at Mohammad cartoon exhibit

Monday, May 04, 2015 - 00:45

The FBI is searching the Phoenix home of two suspected gunmen shot dead by police after authorities say they opened fire outside a Mohammad cartoon exhibit in Texas. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) NOTE: PART AUDIO QUALITY AS INCOMING Police and the FBI are searching the Phoenix home of two suspected gunmen who were shot dead by police after authorities say they opened fire outside a cartoon exhibit of the Prophet Mohammad. Citing a senior FBI official, ABC News identified one of the gunmen as Elton Simpson, an Arizona man who was the target of a terror investigation. FBI agents and a bomb squad were searching Simpson's Phoenix home, ABC said. Phoenix's KPHO TV reported that the second man lived in the same apartment complex as Simpson, the Autumn Ridge Apartments. He was not identified, and the second man's apartment was searched, the station said, quoting an FBI agent. FBI spokeswoman Katherine Chaumont in Dallas said she had no more information about the suspects. An FBI evidence team began to go over the scene and was still working, she said in an email. The shooting in a Dallas suburb was an echo of past attacks or threats in other Western countries against art depicting the Prophet Mohammad. In January, gunmen killed 12 people in the Paris offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in what it said was revenge for its cartoons. The attack on Sunday took place at about 7 p.m. local time in a parking lot of the Curtis Culwell Center, an indoor arena in Garland, northeast of Dallas. Geert Wilders, a polarizing Dutch politician and anti-Islamic campaigner who is on an al Qaeda hit list, was among the speakers at the event. Garland police and the FBI had no immediate comment on the report. A fighter for Islamic State, a militant group which has taken over large parts of Iraq and Syria, said in a tweet that "2 of our brothers just opened fire at the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) art exhibition in Texas," according to the SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S.-based monitoring group. SITE identified the writer as "Abu Hussain AlBritani," a name used by British Islamic state fighter Junaid Hussain.

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FBI search Phoenix home of gunmen killed at Mohammad cartoon exhibit

Monday, May 04, 2015 - 00:45