Federal agents are stepping up their investigation of Islamic State’s claims that it’s responsible for Sunday’s attack on the Mohammed cartoon competition in Garland, Texas.
The assault was carried out by Phoenix roommates Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi.
“Two soldiers … of the caliphate attacked an exhibit in Garland in American Texas, and this exhibit was holding a contest for drawings offensive to the prophet Muhammad,” the jihadist group said on its al-Bayan radio station, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.
The group is now warning “the attack by the Islamic State in America is only the beginning…”
The message goes on to say ISIS has stationed “71 trained soldiers in 15 different states ready at our word to attack any target we desire. Of the 15 states, five we will name: Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, California, and Michigan.”