ISIS supporter in Florida charged with bomb plot: FBI
A self-professed Islamic State group supporter in the US state of Florida was charged with attempting to set off a backpack bomb, the FBI said.
Florida: A self-professed Islamic State group supporter in the US state of Florida was charged with attempting to set off a backpack bomb, the FBI said.
Harlem Suarez, 23, from Key West, Florida drew authorities` attention because of his extremist Facebook posts, the FBI said Tuesday.
A user of the social site contacted the police after Suarez allegedly tried to recruit them to support the Islamic State group, according to the government`s criminal complaint.
"I`m gonna do the backpack...that`s for sure I`m gonna do the backpack," Suarez allegedly told the cooperator in apparent reference to a backpack bomb that had been discussed earlier.
Suarez later allegedly paid a cooperator to construct a telephone-controlled bomb.
The complaint said Suarez intended bury the bomb on the beach and detonate it.
"I just call and the thing is gonna, is gonna make... a real hard noise from nowhere," he allegedly said by phone.
The FBI said Suarez listed his Facebook "likes" as "Jihadist," "Extraordinary Prayer for ISIS," and "Prayers for ISIS: Weapons of our Warfare."
Suarez had also placed an online order for an AK-47 rifle, the FBI said.
The Syria and Iraq based radical group IS has inspired a number of supporters across the world and raised the threat of lone-wolf attacks.
Suarez allegedly said he attempted to contact IS in Syria but never got a response, according to the complaint.
Also Tuesday, the FBI said another Islamic State supporter was sentenced to 10 years in jail for illegally possessing a firearm.