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Man Charged With Orchestrating Attack on Texas Free Speech Event Wanted to Attack Super Bowl: Prosecutors


" the charts dangerous."

GARLAND, TX - MAY 4: Investigators work a crime scene outside of the Curtis Culwell Center after a shooting occurred the day before May 04, 2015 in Garland, Texas. During the 'Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest,' an anti-Islam event, on May 03, Elton Simpson of Phoenix, Arizonia and another man opend fire, wounding a security guard . Police officers shot and killed Simpson at teh scene. (Photo by Ben Torres/Getty Images)

PHOENIX (TheBlaze/AP) -- Prosecutors say a man charged with orchestrating a shootout at a free speech event in Garland, Texas wanted to join Islamic State and attack the Super Bowl.

The revelation at a court hearing for Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem shows that the Phoenix-based plot extended beyond last month's shootout at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon event in Texas that ended in the deaths of two suspects.

Prosecutors portrayed Abdul Kareem as motivated to join the burgeoning Islamic State movement as the terrorist group rampaged through the Middle East and gained a large following on social media. They obtained their information from a confidential informant.

Prosecutor Kristen Brook called Abdul Kareem "off the charts dangerous." Defense lawyer Daniel Maynard calls it a trumped-up case based largely on an unreliable snitch.

The magistrate denied bail for Abdul Kareem, who is charged with conspiracy, making false statements and interstate transportation of firearms with intent to commit a felony.


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