Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem’s Super Bowl planned attack was mentioned in a new indictment. Kareem was also accused of planning a similar attack against a Prophet Muhammed cartoon contest in Texas in the spring as well as fight with the Islamic State group, according to Daily Mail.
Kareem, also known as Decarus Thomas, is named in the new federal indictment accusing him of providing material support to the global terror network by accessing an ISIS document listing the names and addresses of U.S. service members. Abdul had earlier been indicted of providing arms and guidance to the two men, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, who were killed on May 3 attempting to attack the cartoon contest.
The indictment handed down on Wednesday provided more detail on his alleged willingness to pursue violent jihad in the name of ISIS and his influence on his co-conspirators. Simpson and Soofi were shot dead by a police traffic officer who was part of the security at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, a Dallas suburb, the day of the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest. That officer was wounded but survived the assault, for which ISIS claimed responsibility.
While Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem’s Super Bowl planned attack documented, the trio allegedly began conspiring to support ISIS sometime around June 2014, according to court documents. Their alleged target list included military bases, U.S. service members, shopping malls, Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona, and the cartoon contest.
The men allegedly traveled to remote desert areas near Phoenix for target practice during the first half of 2015, according to the indictment, which also accuses Kareem of transporting firearms and ammunition across state lines. Abdul allegedly feigned having been struck by a car and attempted to make an insurance claim based in his injuries in order to raise money for attacks, the indictment said.
In addition to providing arms to Simpson and Soofi, Abdul hosted the two men and others at his home to discuss the attack on the cartoon contest, the court documents said. For months, the trio and Kareem watched videos “depicting jihadist violence and apparent wartime footage in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East” as well “torture and executions” by ISIS members, according to the indictment.
“While watching the videos, Kareem exhorted and encouraged Simpson and Soofi to engage in violent activity in the United States to support [ISIS] and impose retribution for United States military actions in the Middle East,” the indictment said.
From December to May 2014, Kareem and others allegedly attempted to acquire pipe bombs and inquired about what type of explosives would be needed to create maximum damage at venues such as the mall at Westgate and nearby University of Phoenix Stadium, where the Super Bowl was to be played on February 1, the indictment said.
On March 20, Simpson, according to the indictment, accessed an ISIS list of the home addresses of U.S. military personnel. A handwritten note found later in an apartment shared by Simpson and Sofi had the name and address of an Arizona service member targeted by ISIS. Simpson, Soofi and others also scouted military installations for planned attacks, the indictment alleged.
Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem was charged on Wednesday with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, interstate transportation of firearms with intent to commit a felony, making false statements and other crimes. An indictment earlier this year charged him with conspiracy and weapons charges in connection with the attack in Garland.
While the Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem’s Super Bowl planned attack was underway, he was detained in Phoenix last June. The city is home to the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix, which Simpson, Soofi and Kareem attended for a time. Abdul also cleaned carpets at the center, its president, Usama Shami.