Wednesday July 29th, 2015
NBC News affiliate WFLA Tampa : MIAMI, Fla. (WFLA) – A Florida man who authorities say is a supporter of the terror group ISIL, is accused of attempting to make a backpack bomb that he allegedly planned to bury on a Key West beach. Harlem Suarez, also known as Almlak Benitez, 23, of Key West, Florida, was charged on Monday with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against a person or property within the United States. “According to the complaint, Harlem Suarez, a self-professed ISIL adherent, knowingly attempted to use a weapon of mass destruction – a backpack bomb – in the United States,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. “Stopping attacks on our homeland by those inspired or directed by designated foreign terrorist organizations is the highest priority of the National Security Division,” said Carlin.
Suarez came to the attention of the FBI after a person contacted the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in April and said that someone named Almlak Benitez tried to friend him on Facebook and recruit him to join ISIS. At that point, undercover agents made contact with Suarez. The criminal complaint states Suarez told an undercover FBI informant that he wanted to make a “timer bomb.” “Suarez discussed wanting to conduct a terrorist-style attack on or about July 4th, possibly in Marathon, Florida, or on South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida, or both,” states the complaint.
Sarasota private investigator Bill Warner has worked on terrorism cases in the past. Suarez’ appearance makes Warner uneasy. “With the tattoos and short haircut, no beard, no mustache, clean cut and he goes to the beach,” Warner said. “Who would suspect he’s a terrorist?” PI Bill Warner said ISIL uses the Internet to spread its message and recruit members, and unlike terror groups before it who chose big, populous targets, the Islamic State is different. “These ‘Mooks’ are going after the low-key, little soft targets,” Warner said. “They go to the mall and shoot people, go to the beach and shoot people. How do you stop this?” see http://wfla.com/2015/07/28/key-west-isil-supporter-planned-to-detonate-backpack-bomb-says-fbi/
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