Florida Man Accused Of Plotting Terrorist Attacks, FBI Says

Thursday, May 28th 2020, 8:03 am
By: Rachel Roberts

Florida -

A Tampa man is facing federal charges after FBI agents say he was caught plotting terrorist attacks in Florida.

Muhammed Al-Azhari was arrested on Sunday in a federal sting operation where officials say he bought weapons from an FBI informant.

Investigators say the 23-year-old now faces federal charges after he was caught planning a mass shooting at Honeymoon Island, near Tarpon Springs.

Officials say he told the FBI informant about his plan of carrying out the shooting on behalf of ISIS.

Investigators say Al-Azhari has a criminal history--including previous terrorism charges in Saudi Arabia.

Prosecutors say he expressed "admiration" for the Pulse nightclub shooter and said he wanted to carry out a similar mass shooting.

Officials say he even rehearsed parts of an attack and the public statements he planned to make about it.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison.