ISIS has been largely crushed and disbanded in the Middle East, but the ISIS wannabes still remain and are being picked off as they emerge.
A Florida man who was recorded saying he wanted to “take at least 50” lives in a terrorist attack has been charged with providing material support to ISIS, including trying to acquire weapons and scouting targets in the Tampa Bay area, MailOnline reports.
The Department of Justice is charging Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari, 23 and a U.S. citizen, with attempting to provide support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization. He faces a potential 20-year prison term.
A public defender for Al-Azhari said the government is unfairly attempting to portray him as a terrorist, even though Al-Azhari negotiated with an undercover FBI employee to purchase a variety of guns and suppressors, including an AK-47-style rifle. He was arrested on May 25 after receiving weapons allegedly to be used in an attack.
An FBI affidavit says Al-Azhari was recorded voicing admiration for Omar Mateen, the shooter who carried out a massacre at the Orlando Pulse nightclub in 2016. In a conversation with a confidential informant, the FBI says, Al-Azhari said “that’s how I want to die, to be honest.”
The informant then asked how many people Al-Azhari wanted to kill.
“I don’t want to take four or five, no. I want to take at least 50,” Al-Azhari replied on the recording, according to the affidavit. ‘You know like, brother Omar Mateen in Orlando did. He took 49 with him.’
According to the 62-page FBI affidavit, Al-Azhari scouted a number of targets in the Tampa Bay region, including multiple beaches, Honeymoon Island State Park and even the Tampa FBI field office.