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Man charged in US backpack bomb plot set to enter plea

Man charged in US backpack bomb plot set to enter plea during Miami federal court hearing

Man charged in US backpack bomb plot set to enter plea

MIAMI (AP) -- A man charged in an undercover FBI investigation with plotting to set off a backpack bomb in solidarity with the Islamic State group is set to enter a plea in court.

An arraignment hearing is scheduled Tuesday in Miami for 23-year-old Harlem Suarez of Key West, Florida, who is expected to plead not guilty. Suarez faces life in prison if convicted of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and providing material support to terrorists.

Defense attorney Richard Della Fera says Suarez is no terrorist.

The FBI says Suarez wanted to detonate a homemade bomb on a Key West beach. He was arrested in July after taking possession of an inert explosive device.

The FBI sting began after Suarez allegedly posted pro-Islamic State rhetoric on his Facebook page.


Updated : 2021-09-21 01:27 GMT+08:00