IS backer charged

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A MAN de­scribed by the FBI as an Is­lamic State sym­pa­thiser has been charged with plot­ting to det­o­nate a back­pack bomb on a Florida beach. A crim­i­nal com­plaint un­sealed yesterday charges 23- year- old Har­lem Suarez of Key West with at­tempt­ing to use a weapon of mass de­struc­tion in the US. Mr Suarez came to the FBI’s at­ten­tion through his online posts prais­ing the Is­lamic State and con­tain­ing ex­trem­ist rhetoric. Mr Suarez made his first court ap­pear­ance yesterday in Mi­ami. The com­plaint says Mr Suarez told an FBI in­for­mant he wanted to make a timer bomb, bury it on a beach and det­o­nate it.

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