Investigators in the U.S. were looking into an Islamic State claim that the group was behind the attack that failed at a cartoon exhibit in Texas. The cartoons on display were of Prophet Mohammad.
In the failed attack, two gunmen were fatally shot but law enforcement officials on Tuesday said they doubted that there was any direct involvement by the militant group.
The Iraq and Syria based Islamic State announced on its office radio station online that the two soldiers of their caliphate had carried out their attack Sunday in the Dallas suburb of Garland.
As the government of the U.S. sought to verify a connection between the attack and ISIS, a co-sponsor of the cartoon event said the attempt to disrupt the drawing contests has motivated him to have another one.
Robert Spencer operates the Jihad Watch website and said that a couple of days prior to the cartoon event, the FBI showed him two messages on Twitter that threatened to carry out violence as last weekend’s event.
The White House released a statement that said it was still too early to determine if the two gunmen had direct ties with the ISIS, which hold one third of both Iraq and Syria under its control.
Officials in the U.S. said investigators did not know if the group was just claiming credit opportunistically when it had no direct or little involvement.
One official in the U.S. said that investigators believed in the possibility that IS played a inspirational role and not an operational one in Sunday’s attack.
That means that the two gunmen might have been immersed in the items that IS posts online that are intended to incite widespread violence but that ISIS did not play a role in directly the Texas attack.
Investigators in the U.S. were sifting through the computers of the shooters as well as their communications devices.