Suspect In Texas Shootout Wanted To Attack Super Bowl, Prosecutors Say

Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem is accused of providing guns and other support to Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, who were killed in an attempted attack in Garland, Texas.

A Phoenix man accused of providing weapons and support to the two men killed during a shootout at the Muhammad Cartoon Contest in Garland, Texas, in May also wanted to attack the Super Bowl, prosecutors say.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Department via AP

Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, a 43-year-old man also known as Decarus Thomas, was indicted by a grand jury and appeared in federal court on Tuesday. According to prosecutors, Abdul Kareem and others "known and unknown" helped Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi plan an attack on the cartoon contest.

Simpson and Soofi were fatally shot by police after they wounded a security officer outside the event.

According to the federal indictment, Abdul Kareem provided rifles to Simpson and Soof, and he also took them into the desert to practice shooting. The men also discussed their plans at Abdul Kareem's house, the indictment said.

Abdul Kareem is also facing charges of lying to investigators about his involvement with Simpson and Soofi.

On Tuesday, an FBI agent testified that Abdul Kareem also made statements about wanting to attack the Super Bowl, which took place in Glendale, Arizona, in February, 12 News reported. He also wanted to join ISIS, the Associated Press reported.

The case against Abdul Kareem is based on a confidential informant, the AP reported, who a defense attorney described as an unreliable snitch.



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