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Two suspects who may have been carrying bombs were shot dead Sunday, and a police officer was wounded, outside a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas, organizers said. The American Freedom Defense Initiative organized the event featuring far-right populist Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who has been outspoken against Muslims. "#garlandshooting cop shot - two suspects dead, awaiting bomb squad for possible explosives at our free speech event #sharia," political activist and AFDI co-founder Pamela Geller wrote on Twitter. Wilders also commented on the incident, saying: "Shots fired at Garland Mohammed cartoon free speech event.
Two gunmen opened fire on Sunday at an art exhibit in Garland, Texas, featuring depictions of the Prophet Mohammad and were themselves shot dead at the scene by police, the city said in a statement. The shooting, an echo of past attacks or threats in other Western countries on art depicting the Prophet, was reported shortly before 7 p.m. at the Curtis Culwell Center. The center is a special-events venue that hosts graduation ceremonies, concerts, trade shows, weddings and sporting events in Garland, northeast of Dallas. The two armed suspects drove up to the front of the building in a car as the event, called the "Muhammad Art Exhibit," was coming to an end, and began shooting at a security officer, the city said in a message posted online.