WASHINGTON: At least two people were shot dead in Texas on Sunday evening when two armed men opened fire on security officers outside of a provocative contest for cartoons depictions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
According to officials, a police officer was initially shot dead by the two gunmen outside the event led by prominent conservatives who are critical of Islam. According to City of Garland statement, the event named “Muhammad (PBUH) Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest” was underway at Curtis Culwell Centre in Texas of Garland, when two people came out of their car and started firing in the parking lot, said Garland Mayor Douglas Athas, according to CNN report.
The New York-based American Freedom Defense Initiative had been hosting a contest at the center that would award $10,000 for the best cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Such drawings are deemed insulting to many followers of Islam and have sparked violence around the world.
Around 350 drawings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was submitted to the contest which was reportedly attended by about 200 people. Geert Wilders, a polarizing Dutch politician and anti-Islamic campaigner who is on a militant hit list, was among the speakers at the event.