Florida Man Arrested in FBI Bomb Plot Sting


After the video was recorded, Osmakac stashed a getaway vehicle near his intended targets which included an Irish pub and a Starbucks in South Tampa. When he returned to the hotel, the FBI undercover showed Osmakac how to arm the bomb.

Osmakac was arrested by FBI agents after he connected what he believed was a detonator for the bomb and prepared to drive off in his car.

A court appearance has been set for later today Tampa. An attorney for Osmakac has not been identified. A records search indicates that Osmakac has a previous arrest in the Tampa area for battery in September 2011.

The battery charge against Osmakac stemmed from an April 16, 2011 incident where he confronted a group of Christian protestors who were staged outside of a Lady Gaga concert. After Osmakac and several of the men exchanged words and the men insulted Islam, Osmakac head-butted one of the protestors, according to a Tampa Police Department report.

A man strongly resembling Osmakac also appears in more than a dozen rambling online videos in which he discusses Islam and his views on current events.

In one video, the man stands in front of what appears to be a church, which he calls the "house of the devil," and, in another, says Muslims do not accept democracy.

"Allah says whoever rules by a system other than the rule of Allah, he's a non-believer. So we don't accept democracy, we don't accept communism," he says. "Whether you think you're fighting terrorism, or whatever claims you make – false claims – you're fighting Allah. And Allah will never lose."

Osmakac has been ordered detained and has been assigned a federal defender to represent him.

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