FBI: Man tied to Texas shooting wanted to attack Super Bowl

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This law enforcement booking photo from the Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff's Department shows Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Department via AP
This law enforcement booking photo from the Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff's Department shows Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Department via AP
This law enforcement booking photo from the Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff’s Department shows Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department via AP

By RYAN VAN VELZER and JACQUES BILLEAUD

PHOENIX – Calling him “off-the-charts dangerous,” authorities said a Phoenix man helped orchestrate a shooting at an anti-Islam event in Texas and had aspirations to join the Islamic State terrorist organization and attack the Super Bowl.

Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, 43, was arrested last week on charges related to the shooting at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that led to the deaths of two gunmen from Phoenix. Kareem hosted the shooters in his home beginning in January and provided the guns they used in the May 3 attack in Garland, Texas, according to a federal indictment.

FBI Special Agent Dina McCarthy described at a court hearing how a witness and a confidential informant learned about Kareem’s interest in the Islamic State group, including watching its videos with shooters Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi.

Read more: BanShariaLaw.com

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