Police officers address attendees at the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest in Garland, Texas May 3, 2015. (REUTERS/Mike Stone)
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FBI probe Texas gunman 'over jihadi sympathies'One of the men shot dead by police when he and an accomplice attempted to storm an event hosted by an anti-Muslim group in Texas was investigated by the FBI over his alleged jihadi sympathies, it emerges. Investigators were delving into the backgrounds of the two suspected Islamist gunmen -- they were roommates, The Los Angeles Times reported -- who opened fire with assault rifles outside Sunday's controversial exhibit of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. Commentators were quick to draw parallels to a January mass shooting at the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris that killed 12 people and wounded 11 more.Biard added: "We don't organize contests.When Mohammed jumps out of the news, we draw Mohammed.The American Freedom Defense Initiative, a group listed by civil rights watchdog the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-Muslim hate group, had organized the event, which drew about 200 people.AFDI had offered a $10,000 prize for the winner of the contest, which was billed as a "free speech" event.
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