FBI sting foils alleged plot to bomb Florida mall

FBI sting foils alleged plot to bomb Florida mall

[Ed. – Terrorism is alive and well and living in the U.S.]

An alleged plot to blow up a shopping mall in South Florida was foiled by federal agents in an undercover operation which led to the arrest of a man from Miami on Friday.

Two U.S. officials confirmed the arrest of a man in an FBI sting operation. The Miami Herald identified the suspect as Vicente Solano, a man who reportedly is a sympathizer with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He is believed to have been acting alone in planning a large-scale attack on Dolphin Mall in Doral, near Miami International Airport.

The FBI was tipped off by a confidential informant who was communicating with Solano about the alleged plot. Authorities said while the suspect made pro-ISIS videos, there wasn’t evidence to suggest he had any actual connection to the terror group, or any others.

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Undercover FBI agents supplied Solano with a hoax bomb, which he allegedly planned to detonate at the mall. The strategy has been used in previous counter-terrorism probes in South Florida, the Herald said, and is considered standard procedure in the post-9/11 world.

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