FBI Arrests Suspected Terrorist in Tampa

By: CBS
By: CBS
Federal authorities have made an arrest, stopping what they say was a terror attack targeting parts of Tampa, Fla. The suspect is a 25-year-old suspected Islamic militant who agents say was seeking revenge.

Sami Osmakac

25-year old Sami Osmakac is charged with planning terror attacks on crowded targets in Tampa, Fla. The American citizen was born in the former Yugoslavia. He is believed to have created the plot because he wanted payback for wrongs done to Muslims.

According to court documents, the suspect was ready to bomb targets that included bridges and popular nightclubs in Tampa's Ybor City area. He also reportedly planned to wear explosives, enter a crowded area and take hostages.

A confidential source put Osmakac in touch with an undercover FBI agent. He tried to buy an AK-47 machine gun, Uzi submachine guns, grenades, and an explosive belt.

"This individual wanted armaments to create mayhem," said U.S. attorney Robert O'Neill.

Law enforcement agents arrested the suspect Saturday after he allegedly bought disabled firearms and explosives from an FBI agent

"There was no real danger to the community once we got involved because we knew we could handle the situation," O'Neill said.

Homeland security officials say it doesn't appear Osmakac has ties to terror groups.

The U.S. attorney handling the case said Osmacak's talks with the undercover agent were recorded on hidden cameras. Those videos will be released once the FBI's investigation is complete.


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