ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – A man accused of plotting to attack Tampa, Fla.-area nightclubs and a sheriff’s office with bombs and guns also railed against Christians, Jews and Western living in videos he posted online.
Authorities say 25-year-old Sami Osmakac, who was arrested Monday, identifies himself as Muslim and wanted to avenge wrongs done to Muslims.
Osmakac is a naturalized American citizen born in Kosovo, which was then part of the former Yugoslavia in eastern Europe.
The videos posted by Osmakac appear to have been filmed around downtown Tampa.
A spokesman from the Tampa office from the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Monday that Osmakac did not appear to know much about the Koran’s teaching. CAIR and federal authorities say the area’s Muslim community helped law enforcement with information about Osmakac’s militant views.
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