Man indicted for allegedly helping Mohammed cartoon contest attackers


**Embargo: Dallas, TX** Two men opened fire outside an event holding a cartoon contest of the Prophet Mohammed before they were shot dead by police in suburban Dallas Sunday night.

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A federal grand jury has indicted Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem on three counts for his alleged involvement in last month’s attack outside a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in the Dallas suburb of Garland, Texas, according to court documents obtained Tuesday by CNN.

The indictment alleges Kareem provided firearms to the two men who carried out the attack — both of whom died during it, though no others were killed — and talked with them at his home about the planned attack.

Kareem also allegedly transported firearms and ammunition for the attack and lied to investigators, according to the indictment.

Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi opened fire outside Garland’s Curtis Culwell Center on May 3, apparently trying to get inside where people were taking part in the contest involving cartoons of Mohammed — depictions of which many Muslims find extremely offensive — in what organizers called a free speech event.

Yet neither man made it inside, instead being shot dead by an over-matched Garland police traffic officer who was part of the security contingent on site.

That officer, who was not identified for his own safety, was wounded but survived.

ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack, though without offering any proof — a fact that left some officials believing the terror group was being “opportunistic” in its claim, which would allow it to say that it has forces active on American soil.

By Greg Botelho, CNN

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