ISIS-Inspired Bombing Was Thwarted in Key West on 4th of July

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A Photo of Harlem Suarez From His Facebook Account

23 year-old Harlem Suarez has been arrested in Key West, Florida on charges of planning to use a weapon of mass destruction.  Suarez had bought a bomb he planned to bury at a popular spot during the crowded 4th of July festivities and detonate it with a cell phone.  However, he had actually bought an inert bomb from an FBI informant.

The FBI has been watching Suarez since April, when he created a Facebook account under the name “Almlak Benitez”.  On the account he talked about his support for ISIS and asked how to make a bomb.  Suarez had also expressed interest in flying to Syria to join ISIS.

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