TAMPA - Federal authorities have arrested a man and charged him planning terror attacks in Tampa.
25-year-old Sami Osmakac of Pinellas Park was arrested Saturday night. Authorities say he is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Kosovo.
Agents say his list of possible targets included night clubs in the Ybor City area, the Operations Center of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in Ybor City, and a business in the South Tampa area.
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Osmakac had been under surveillance since September after an informant told authorities he had asked for al-Qaeda flags. In November, Osmakac and the informant discussed potential targets.
The informant ultimately introduced Osmakac to an undercover FBI agent.
He met with the agent in December and stated that he wanted to acquire an AK-47-style machine gun, Uzi submachine guns, high capacity magazines, grenades and an explosive belt. In a subsequent meeting, Osmakac allegedly provided the undercover FBI employee with a $500 down payment for an AK-47, multiple homemade explosive grenades and an explosive belt.
Osmakac planned to build a car bomb and wanted to use the explosive belt to "get in somewhere where there's a lot of people" and take hostages, according to authorities. He allegedly stated that he would then make demands of the FBI to release some prisoners and then, "They can take me in five million pieces."
Before he was arrested, Osmakac recorded an eight-minute video saying he wanted to bring terror to his "victims' hearts" in the Tampa Bay area.
According to the federal complaint, Osmakac is seen in the video cross-legged on the floor with a pistol in his hand and an AK-47 behind him. He said that Muslim blood was more valuable than that of people who do not believe in Islam.
He is charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and faces a possible $250,000 fine and a maximum of life in prison.
He made his first appearance in federal court Monday.
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