NBC News affiliate WFLA Tampa, JOSH BENSON REPORTING: MIAMI, Fla. (WFLA) – A Florida man who authorities say is a supporter of the terror group ISIS, 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 with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against a person or property within the United States inspired by ISIS.
“According to the complaint, Harlem Suarez, a self-professed ISIS adherent, knowingly attempted to use a weapon of mass destruction – a backpack bomb – in the United States,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. Suarez told the informants that he considered himself a member of the Islamic State and that "one day I will cook American" ... "in cages" ... "flaming." One of the informants, posing as a member of Islamic State, told Suarez at a meeting in a Homestead hotel room that he would get back to him with prices for grenades and other explosive material needed to make a backpack bomb. He legally purchased an AK-47 assault rifle online but when he went to pick it up from a Key West pawn shop, which is not named in the arrest report, he filled out the paperwork wrong and the pawn shop clerk would not give him the weapon.
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. “I can go to the beach at night time … put the thing in the sand … cover it up so the next day I just call and the thing is gonna, is gonna make a real hard noise from nowhere, and like people are gonna be like what, where is this [expletive] came from,” Suarez told the informant, according to the arrest report.
Telegram, a free Android, iOS, desktop, and Web app, saw its "Secret Chat” function utilized by terrorists associated with extremist group ISIS. A pro-ISIS group released a “kill list” with the names, addresses and emails of thousands of Americans — 643 of them live in Florida and eight of them are residents of Orlando, where the deadliest shooting in U.S. history took place over the weekend. More than 600-people live in Florida, and one security expert believes that many of those targeted live in Palm Beach County and on the Treasure Coast.
Former FBI agent-turned lawyer Stuart Kaplan says the threat is especially alarming, because the people on this list are civilians who don't have the security necessary to protect themselves“United Cyber Caliphate” named more than 8,000 people on their hit list, most of them Americans, prior to the shooting.
The group also hacked U.S. Central Command, 54,000 Twitter accounts and threatened President Obama. A pro-ISIS “hacking” group calling itself the United Cyber Caliphate distributed its latest “kill” list this week. The group claims the list includes names, addresses, and email addresses belonging to 8,318 people, making it one of the longest target lists ISIS-affiliated groups have distributed.
In a post Vocativ uncovered on the messaging app Telegram that was written in both English and Arabic, the United Cyber Caliphate called on its supporters to “follow” those listed and “kill them strongly to take revenge for Muslims.” But the latest list shows how ISIS-linked groups claiming to be hackers persist with what has become a well-known—even if potentially superficial—tactic: posting “kill” lists calling on ISIS loyalists to attack everyone from Minnesota cops to State Department employees and ordinary Americans. Counterterrorism officials have been at odds over whether such lists are simply efforts to instill fear or instead truly threaten those listed, The Wall Street Journal reported. The hacker group distributed the list on the encrypted messaging service, Telegram, calling for Isis supporters to target the individuals listed. "O wolves of the Islamic State, [this is a] very important list, kill them immediately," the hacker group said.
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