Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem planned on killing thousands of Americans at Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix, Arizona, this year with pipe bombs. The 43-year-old is considered “off-the-charts dangerous” and already accused of training two men killed during an attack in Texas in a “Draw Muhammad” event, Daily Mail reports.
More than 70,000 fans, Katy Perry, as well as the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, were on the Super Bowl field and would probably not have survived the ISIS annihilation. Kareem also has an alias of Decarus Thomas, and went as far as to obtain an ISIS list containing the names and addresses of the families of U.S. servicemen and women with the intent to kill.
The trio was not halted before creating a list of devastation, including the Super Bowl, according to obtained court documents. Military bases, shopping malls, and a cartoon contest that his co-conspirators opened fire on. Simpson, 30, and Soofi, 34, were his right-hand men, and were killed after shooting an unarmed security guard during the anti-Islam art contest of Prophet Muhammad.
The document released Wednesday clearly charges Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem of plans to provide a foreign terrorist organization with Super Bowl-related information. The attack in Texas, and evidence provided because of it, accuse Kareem of researching and planning the trip, as well as collaborating on the location of the pipe bombs.
A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix, Cosme Lopez, is prosecuting Kareem, but refuses to acknowledge whether or not the Texas attack was carried out as a direct order from the Islamic State, Fox News reports.
With the Super Bowl housing as many American fans as it does, and the mass confusion a bombing would cause, the devastation could end up comparable to if New York’s Times Square took a beating at the dropping of the ball. A lot of people attend both of these events in order to have a good time, and the majority of them have their guards down to perform this genuinely American celebration.
The impact of bombing the Super Bowl would cause a bigger fear than the bombing of the Twin Towers a bit over a decade ago. Although the carnage was unspeakable, the ISIS terrorist attacks during a Super Bowl celebration would bring this country to its knees. And frankly, as important as money is to us, being happy is equally as important. But even more significant than either of these things is the life we share with family and loved ones. This is America—land of the free. We must hold solid to our beliefs and continue to celebrate. The ability to hold true to each other is what gives our country strength.
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