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By Mike Stone and Lisa Maria Garza GARLAND, Texas (Reuters) - Texas police shot dead two gunmen who opened fire at an exhibit near Dallas of caricatures of Islam's Prophet Mohammad organized by an anti-Islamic group, authorities said on Sunday. In January, gunmen killed 12 people in the Paris offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in revenge for its cartoons. Sunday's attack took place shortly before 7 p.m. in a parking lot of the Curtis Culwell Center, an indoor arena in the suburb of Garland, northeast of Dallas. Geert Wilders, a polarizing Dutch politician and anti-Islamic campaigner who is on a jihadist hit list, was among speakers at the event.
Two gunmen were shot dead Sunday and a security guard wounded outside a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas, authorities said, as a bomb squad investigated the gunmen's car. The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) organized the event featuring far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who has been outspoken against Muslims. I just spoke for half an hour about the cartoons, Islam and freedom of speech and I had just left the premises," Wilder told AFP in an email. "Garland Police officers engaged the gunmen, who were both shot and killed," the city of Garland said in a statement.