AZ man accused of planning TX attack takes stand

Posted at 2:27 PM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 19:32:11-05

An Arizona man charged with planning an attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas denies knowing beforehand that two friends were going to open fire at the controversial event.

Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem testified Tuesday at his trial that he didn't know about the May 3 contest until after the thwarted attack in suburban Dallas. A security guard was injured, but no one attending the contest was hurt.

Kareem described the hours after the shooting in which he thought his friends might have been killed.

He went to Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi's apartment but left after seeing law enforcement outside.

Kareem says news reports the next day confirmed his suspicion that his friends died.

He has pleaded not guilty to conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and other charges.