Muhammed Al-Azhari is a terrorist, tried, convicted and served three years in Saudi prison for plotting to travel to Syria with his father (where is the father) to join ISIS terror group and participate in jihad. He was convicted for attempting to join a terrorist organization and conspiring with two other people, including his father, to commit terrorist crimes. He was deported back to the US in 2018 after completing his sentence. FBI says Al-Azhari told informant he wanted to kill at least 50 people and expressed admiration for Pulse shooter Omar Mateen. ISIS Terrorist Muhammed Al-Azhari Planned to Shoot up Tampa Casino Just Like His Idol Omar Maten Did at Pulse Nightclub. “It's the casino’s size and the amount of people in there it would've been a pristine target for him,” said local counter terrorism expert Bill Warner. “And once in there, if he set up a position near the front door or just inside the front door all those people couldn't get out.” Muhammed Al-Azhari stated "It Will Be Bloody". 10 NEWS - TAMPA, Fla. — Federal investigators allege 23-year-old Muhammed AI-Azhari, of Tampa, was in the process of secretly buying high-powered guns and silencers and was also researching IEDs, suicide vests, and explosive poisons. The complaint says he scoped out potential targets like Honeymoon Island and the FBI's Tampa Field Office, but also researched Clearwater Beach, Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa and the Seminole Hard Rock Casino.
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa gets thousands of customers a day. The complaint indicates Al-Azhari was extremely interested in finding a very quiet silencer for the high-powered weapons he was purchasing. In 2015, he was sentenced to three years on terrorism charges in Saudi Arabia before he was deported to the United States in December of 2018 living in both Florida and California. He returned to Tampa in 2019, and less than a year later in April of 2020, federal investigators say he began trying to purchase guns illegally on eBay. “Wow! This guy should've had giant red flags all over him,” said Bill Warner (Sarasota P.I.). “He wanted to use the silencer so he wouldn't have a mass hysteria (in the casino). He could shoot up one place (in the casino) and move on to another before they knew what happened.”
Muslim Terrorist Muhammed Al-Azhari Targets Tampa Casino for Mass Casualty Attack. Muhammed Al-Azhari wanted to shoot up the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino just like his ISIS hero Omar Mateen did at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, a closed area with difficulty getting to exits. Muhammed Al-Azhari stated "It Will Be Bloody". TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) The Seminole Hard Rock Casino and Hotel reopened its doors on May 21st, 2020 Thursday night. Hard Rock Tampa closed its doors in March to help curb the spread of COVID-19. The massive complex re-opened at 7 p.m. on May 21st. Muhammed Al-Azhari of Tampa accused of helping ISIS said 'Americans got what they deserved' on 9/11.
On Wednesday, May 27, 2020 the Department of Justice today announced the filing of a criminal complaint charging Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari, 23, of Tampa, Florida, with attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization, namely, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). If convicted, Al-Azhari faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari is a US citizen who grew up in Brea and Garden Grove California with his father Momtaz and his sisters in the 1990's.
Interestingly the Islamic Society of Orange County Mosque and Garden Grove CA were the breeding grounds for several Al-Qaeda terrorists including Al-Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn during the 1990's when Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari and his clan where living there. Gardern Grove's Khalil al-Deek was the author of Al-Qaida's killing manual. "The Encyclopedia of Jihad" was found in 1999 in Deek's home when he was arrested in connection with the plot to bomb Jordan's main airport in Amman on the eve of the millennium (2000) and the corresponding bomb plot in California at LAX Airport the "Millennium Bomber" Ahmed Ressam. According to the current complaint in Tampa Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari was an ISIS supporter who planned and attempted to carry out an attack on behalf of that terrorist organization, his attorney is Court provided Samuel E. Landes Tampa Federal Public Defender's Office.
Al-Azhari, who has a criminal history that includes prior terrorism charges in Saudi Arabia where he spent 3 years in prison, attempted to purchase multiple firearms over the course of the investigation, before acquiring a Glock pistol and a silencer. After Al-Azhari served 3 years in a Saudi prison they deported him back to the USA. Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari also expressed admiration for Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen and spoke of his desire to carry out a similar mass casualty shooting. Additionally, Al-Azhari researched and scouted potential targets in the Tampa area, including the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. During recorded conversations, Muhammed Momtaz al-Azhari, 23, of East Tampa said, "I want to die in a shootout with disbelievers. I want to take revenge," to a confidential informant. "I don't want to take [kill] four or five, I want to take at least fifty, like brother Omar Mateen in Orlando did."The FBI followed as he went to the site of the Pulse shooting, and said he cased in-person or searched on his phone for Bayshore Blvd., Honeymoon Island, the Hard Rock casino, the FBI's Tampa office, and "busy beaches." At one point, TPD arrested him for carrying a loaded gun at his job at Home Depot on North Florida Ave. Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari appears to have been Inspired by the teachings and internet instructions of US citizens Anwar Al Awalki and Samir Kahn who were terminated in a joint DOJ-CIA operation in Sept 2011 in Yemen.
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