The Latest: FBI agent testifies about thwarted Texas attack

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Posted: Feb 26, 2016 6:14 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a man accused of supporting Islamic State and orchestrating a thwarted attack on an anti-Islam event in Texas last year (all times local):

4:10 p.m.

An FBI agent has testified about the interrogations of an Arizona man accused of organizing a shooting at an anti-Islam event in Texas.

Agent Stewart Whitson, lead investigator in the case of Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, described how the defendant repeatedly denied knowing about the thwarted attack last year at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas.

He says Kareem's eyes welled up with tears as he talked about shooter Elton Simpson, who was killed by police during the attack.

The agent also said a still photo from an Islamic State promotional video was found on a tablet device in Kareem's truck after his June 2015 arrest.

The background of the image is a mosque in Mosul, Iraq, and it contains fighters holding an Islamic State flag.


1:52 p.m.

Jurors at the trial of an Arizona man accused of planning a shooting at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas viewed the social media posting of another man who was killed in a shootout with police as he tried to carry out the attack.

The jury at the trial of Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem was shown a Twitter posting made by his friend, Elton Simpson, 16 minutes before the start of the May 3 attack in Garland, Texas.

Simpson wrote, "May Allah accept us as mujahideen."

The postings provide insight into the attack, but it's unclear whether there is a connection to Kareem, who didn't have a Twitter account and wasn't mentioned by name in the comments.

Kareem denies planning the attack.