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do you have to be our acknowledging thursday it had tipped off local texas police hours before two armed men attempted to storm an exhibition of cartoons mocking the prophet muhammad , police shot dead both gunmen sunday night before they were able to gain entry to the event reuters correspondent lindsay dunn's near the f. b. i. have confirmed that they they didn't know i was before the event that one of the i would be attackers elton simpson that %HESITATION he was interested in the event %HESITATION and in fact the f. b. i. have confirmed today %HESITATION that once they were aware of that information they did actually notify local police , %HESITATION but they also say that they had no idea %HESITATION that he was planning an attack on this event , since it had been on the federal radar since two thousand six in two thousand eleven he was convicted of lying to f. b. i. agents over his desire to join militants in somalia we do know they was under surveillance it doesn't appear that they were for example following things like %HESITATION his , uh his profile on %HESITATION social media and that type of thing and that something out or rather his social media postings had tipped them off investigators are now examining exchanges on twitter between simpson and a member of the islamic state affiliated cyber caliphate , as well as with another alleged jihad recruiter islamic state claiming credit for the attempted attack in texas national security sources telling reuters the jihadists like we had more of an inspirational role than an operational one