TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – U.S. prosecutors say a grand jury has indicted a Kosovo-born American citizen on charges of attempting to use weapons of mass destruction in connection with an alleged militant Islamic plot.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced 25-year-old Sami Osmakac’s indictment Thursday. He was arrested Jan. 7 by federal agents after authorities say the Pinellas Park, Fla., man bought explosive devices and firearms from an undercover agent. The items were disabled prior to the sale. Officials say he also was indicted on a charge of possession of an unregistered machine gun.
Authorities say Osmakac planned to use a car bomb and other weapons in an Islamist-inspired attack on various locations around Tampa.
A senior official in Kosovo said last month that Osmakac met with radical Islamists during visits to his native country.
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