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Florida Man Accused Of Planning Isis Terrorist Attack In Tampa Area

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CBS Miami

Florida Man Accused Of Planning Isis Terrorist Attack In Tampa Area

TAMPA (CBSMiami) — A Florida man, accused of planning to carry out a terrorist attack in Tampa Bay on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq, has now been officially charged by federal prosecutors.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the filing of a criminal complaint charging Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari, 23, with “attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization,” namely ISIS.

Investigators say Al-Azhari has a criminal history that includes previous terrorism charges in Saudi Arabia. They say he tried to buy multiple guns before acquiring a Glock pistol and a silencer.

Prosecutors say he expressed “admiration” for the deceased Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen and even drove there to scope out the location. In a conversation with a confidential informant, the FBI says, Al-Azhari said “that’s how I want to die, to be honest.”

Read more: https://miami.cbslocal.com/2020/05/28/florida-man-charged-planning-isis-terrorist-attack-tampa/