The Department of Justice has arrested and charged a 23-year-old Florida resident for attempting to detonate a bomb at a public beach in the state.
Harlem Suarez, who was also known as Almlak Benitez, was a professed supporter of the Islamic State and looking to use a backpack bomb at a public beach. Suarez, 23, is from Key West, Florida.
The FBI was alerted of Suarez's intentions by Facebook posts containing extremist rhetoric that promoted the terror group. Suarez also told a source he wanted to conceal the "timer bomb" in a backpack, bury it at a public beach and detonate it remotely from a cellphone.
Suarez was arrested Tuesday after getting his hands on an inert device. He had already purchased parts of the bomb, which was to contain galvanized nails.
"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 John 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."