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Feds: Muslim Extremist Plotted Assault On Fla. Sheriff's Office

January 10, 2012  | 

Screnshot of Sami Osmakac appearing in an online video espousing his extremist beliefs.
Screnshot of Sami Osmakac appearing in an online video espousing his extremist beliefs.

A Florida man with roots in Kosovo was arrested for allegedly plotting a two-phase suicide-bomb attack on multiple Tampa-area locations including a Hillsborough County Sheriff's operations center.

Sami Osmakac, 25, of Pinellas Park, has been charged in the alleged plot to use an assault rifle, vehicle bomb, and other explosives. Other targets included an Irish pub in South Tampa, nightclubs in Ybor City, and Tampa Bay bridges.

Osmakac was arrested Saturday night and charged with one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. If convicted, he faces life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Prior to his arrest, law enforcement officials had monitored Osmakac for several months after members of the Muslim community notified the FBI, U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill said in a release.

The FBI was first notified in September that Osmakac had asked for al Qaeda flags from an FBI informant. In November, Osmakac and the informant discussed and identified potential targets in Tampa, where Osmakac intended to carry out violent attacks.

Osmakac then met with an undercover FBI employee on Dec. 21, and said that he wished to acquire an AK-47 machine gun, Uzi sub-machine 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 the explosive belt.

Osmakac also asked the undercover employee to help build bombs that could be placed in three different vehicles and detonated remotely, near where Osmakac would conduct a follow-up attack using the other weapons he requested. Osmakac also allegedly said that he wanted an explosive belt constructed to kill people.

In a Jan. 1 meeting with the FBI undercover employee, Osmakac allegedly described his attack plans by stating that he wanted to obtain a hotel room; park the bomb-laden vehicle at his target; leave the area; detonate the car bomb; and then retrieve the weapons and explosives from the hotel room.

As part of the second portion of his planned attack, Osmakac said that after the car bomb was detonated, he wanted to use the explosive belt to "get in somewhere where there's a lot of people" and take hostages. He allegedly said he would then make demands of the FBI to release some prisoners. According to the criminal complaint, when discussing law enforcement officers that might respond to the scene, Osmakac stated, "once I have this, they can take me in 5 million pieces," referencing the explosive belt that would be attached to his waist.

After being told he could back out of the plot on Jan. 1, Osmakac shook his head no and said, "We all have to die, so why not die the Islamic way?"

FBI agents arrested Osmakac on Jan. 7 after he took possession of the explosive devices and firearms that had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement.

Shortly prior to his arrest, Osmakac made a YouTube video of himself explaining his motives for carrying out the planned violent attack. In the video, reports the Miami Herald, he asked, "What's the matter with you? Trying to follow their ways? Trying to go to nightclubs, like them? Trying to fornicate, like them? Trying to get with their women? … Submit to the rule of Allah."

Tags: Hillsborough County (Fla.) Sheriff, Islamist Terrorists, FBI, Undercover Investigations, Car Bombs


Comments (12)

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Tschako @ 1/10/2012 7:28 PM

Fortunately, he is also an incompetant idiot, although he'll probably use that in his defense in his American, secular trial.

gp cobb @ 1/10/2012 11:02 PM

Let's end it, not feed it.

Bill @ 1/11/2012 3:54 AM

The religion of "peace" strikes yet again. When will we ever learn?

Rushdi Cader @ 1/11/2012 4:57 AM

Great job by both the American Muslim community in identifying the threat and the FBI in catching him. It's through such earnest efforts by average people in collaboration with law enforcement that we can keep our nation safe from all forms of violent radicalization including "Mislam".

criminalenforcement @ 1/11/2012 7:01 AM

Thank you again Arab-Americans. These citizens are one of the most powerful keys to short-circuiting criminals operating under the color of the religion.

John @ 1/11/2012 1:46 PM

@Bill: If you hadn't noticed, it was the religion of "peace" who reported this guy...like any group it isn't the mainstream that causes problems...it's always the fringe kids...or as we said in the Marine Corps, the ten percent that screw it up for the rest of us...aka...we just can't have nice things, can we?

Rushdi Cader @ 1/11/2012 1:48 PM

Agreed ce, in the LE world we can either take the approach of stigmatizing and alienating all Muslims and volleying sarcastic comments like "religion of peace" or we capture the flag by engaging, pulling in, and reminding all faith communities of their duty to defend their faiths from the narrative of violent misanthropes and protect their country from all enemies foreign and domestic.

Rick @ 1/11/2012 2:47 PM

There isn't any "fringe" element in islam; the koran calls for violence against infidels and Jews. The media has labeled them extremists that carry out attacks and moderates that support the attacks through silence or by donating to the cause....where are the milds? There aren't any. Wherever islam takes over, it becomes extremist because that's what the koran calls for; history teaches that either you convert or die. The hot spots in the world today are due to islamic attacks or they're communist sponsored. This is due to Abraham having Ishmael and then giving his blessing to his promised child, Isaac. It's been a sibling rivalry for the last couple of thousand years; Arabs versus Jews. They attack us because we support Israel. The sooner people understand that, the sooner we can get pigs blood bullets into the hands of our troops and stop them (reference Gen. Pershing and the Moro insurrection).

RICHARD @ 1/11/2012 5:58 PM

SOUNDS TO ME HE IS A JEALOUS LITTLE BOY WHO COULDN'T GET A DATE TO THE PROM. ALTHOUGH THIS DOESN'T MAKE HIM ANY LESS DANGEROUS I WONDER IF THE ACLU WILL PRESENT A SPOILED LITTLE BOY DEFENSE.

Rushdi Cader @ 1/11/2012 6:02 PM

It always strikes me as funny that people who make extreme comments seldom have the courage to identify themselves in a public forum. I cant imagine that such xenophobic views are from someone in the law enforcement community. Wow, Rick if that is your name, ur comments sound a lot like those of Anders Brevik. He like all extremists view the world in absolutes. Black and white: believers and nonbelievers. What makes our country the greatest nation in the world is that all Americans have an equal seat at the table. And our strength is that we pull together every religion, culture, race and creed under the colors of our flag. As I alluded to there is the path of unity against extremism or there is the path of sewing religious hatred, and threatening non-Christian religious minorities with bullets soaked in pigs blood.

Kevin @ 1/11/2012 8:31 PM

How's that support for muslims in Kosovo working out for the USA now? Typical stupid american foreign policy.

"don" @ 1/12/2012 5:22 PM

well "rick" it appears that you are the ONLY one that is aware of whats going on. I could'nt of said it anybetter. I totally agree with you. america better wake up !!! if we dont one day we will be operating under sharia law. People on this board should look up the definition of "Islam" and then let me know what you have to say. Its an ideology that has one goal and purpose. for those of you that dony know, trying doing a little reading and some research

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