Super Bowl Bomb Plot Indictment: Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem Is An Accused ISIS Supporter
A Super Bowl bomb plot indictment is grabbing headlines. Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem had a Super Bowl attack planned, according to court documents. Kareem, who has links to ISIS and who trained two men to perpetrate the attack at the Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas few months ago, was also building bombs to detonate during the 2014 Super Bowl.
Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem had plans to launch a terrorist attack during the 2014 Super Bowl, said Texas officials. In May 2015, Kareem, also known as Decarus Thomas, was arrested after Texas authorities learned that he helped arm two men – Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi – who were gunned down as they attempted to attack a cartoon contest about Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam.
Both Simpson and Soofi, carrying an ISIS flag, were fatally shot by a traffic police officer, who was part of the security at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas where the annual and controversial Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest was taking place. The contest angered “normal and pacifist” Muslims and extremists because the Quran, Islam’s holy book, forbids the portrayal of Mohammed.
The law enforcer was injured but survived. Pamela Geller, whose organization, American Freedom Defense Initiative, created the annual Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest, said despite the attack by Islamist militants she had no regrets. She stated:
“I will continue to speak in defense of freedom until the day I die. It’s just that simple. It’s not even a choice. It’s a calling.”
Court documents revealed that the three men were building pipe bombs to kill hundreds or even thousands in military bases, shopping malls and at Super Bowl XLIX, which took place in Glendale, Arizona. According to officials, the three men had pledged allegiance to ISIS in the summer of 2014, and early 2015, they began traveling to secluded areas in the Phoenix desert for target practice. For several months, Simpson and Soofi lived with Kareem where they discussed the attack on the cartoon contest.
The terrorists watched countless hours of al-Qaeda-inspired videos, tried to acquire information about pipe bombs and explosives. The indictment said:
“For months, the trio and other men 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.”
To secure funds for the bombs, Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem faked having being struck by a car in a parking lot and later tried to make an insurance claim. Kareem has been charged 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.