Arizona Man Gets 30 Years for Helping ISIS, Texas Attacker

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Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem (inset); outside the ‘Draw Muhammed’ event after the attack in Garland, Texas (Photo: video screenshot)

An Arizona man convicted of supporting the Islamic State and helping to plan the attack on the “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest in Garland, Texas was given a sentence of 30 years in prison.

Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem was also convicted of conspiring to support a foreign terrorist organization, interstate transportation of firearms as well as other charges.

Prosecutors said that Kareem gave cash to his two friends, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, who opened fire outside the venue of the contest and were killed in a shootout with police. A security guard was wounded in the shootout.

Based on their investigation, police maintained that Kareem had invited Simpson and Soofi to his house plan the attack and that he had also researched how to travel to join Islamic State.

Prosecutors also reported that Kareem had made inquiries about explosives that he intended to use to blow up the 2015 Super Bowl that was held in Arizona. He later abandoned that plan and concentrated on the cartoon contest instead.

Kareem had also tried to raise money to donate to ISIS through an insurance scam and tried to radicalize two teenage boys.

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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