He didn’t turn out to have a bomb, but did terrorism task force officials commit “Islamophobia” and “racial profiling” by taking his shouts seriously? In any case, maybe he is just crazy, or maybe he was doing his best to “strike terror into the hearts of the enemies, of Allah” (Qur’an 8:60).
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Authorities from a terrorism task force closed off a roughly 10-block downtown area on Sunday after a man made a bomb threat.
Youssef Bouchlarhem made threatening statements in both Arabic and English saying, “Allah is great,” “I am going to blow this place up” and “Kill Me, according to Micheal Edwards, director of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Department of Investigations and Homeland Security.
A witness called authorities around 11:45 a.m. to report a man who was behaving strangely in the middle of the street.
When officers arrived and attempted to detain Bouchlarhem, he physically resisted and had to be restrained, Edwards said.
Bouchlarhem, 34, was charged with making a false report about planting a bomb and resisting police. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday.
It was not immediately known if he had legal representation.
Authorities searched Bouchlarhem’s home, but did not find any evidence of bomb making materials, Edwards said.