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ISIS supporter in Florida charged with bomb plot

An ISIS supporter in Florida is charged with attempting to set off a backpack bomb

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A self-professed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group supporter in the U.S. state of Florida was charged with attempting to set off a backpack bomb, the FBI said.

Harlem Suarez, 23, from Key West, Florida drew authorities' attention because of his extremist Facebook posts, the FBI said Tuesday.

A user of the social site contacted the police after Suarez allegedly tried to recruit them to support the Islamic State group, according to the government's criminal complaint.

"I'm gonna do the backpack...that's for sure I'm gonna do the backpack," Suarez allegedly told the cooperator in apparent reference to a backpack bomb that had been discussed earlier.

Suarez later allegedly paid a cooperator to construct a telephone-controlled bomb.

The complaint said Suarez intended bury the bomb on the beach and detonate it.

"I just call and the thing is gonna, is gonna make... a real hard noise from nowhere," he allegedly said by phone.

The FBI said Suarez listed his Facebook "likes" as "Jihadist," "Extraordinary Prayer for ISIS," and "Prayers for ISIS: Weapons of our Warfare."

Suarez had also placed an online order for an AK-47 rifle, the FBI said.

The Syria and Iraq based radical group ISIS has inspired a number of supporters across the world and raised the threat of lone-wolf attacks.

Suarez allegedly said he attempted to contact ISIS in Syria but never got a response, according to the complaint.

Also Tuesday, the FBI said another Islamic State supporter was sentenced to 10 years in jail for illegally possessing a firearm.