At a small mosque in Texas near the site where two gunmen were shot dead after trying to storm an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad, there was little sympathy for the assailants or the organizers of the event.

"It is frustrating because freedom of speech is a very good thing. But you don't use it to make a mockery out of the person. You don't do it to be disrespectful," said Mohammed Jetpuri, a retired North Texas resident who was one of about 10 men who came for prayers at Makkah Masjid, in Garland, the same melting-pot Dallas suburb of nearly a quarter million people where the shooting occurred.

The well-worn mosque, located in a community centre, is about 4 miles from where the shooting took place.

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