U.S. Department of Justice

South Florida Man Ordered Violent Attacks on Miami-Dade, Broward Colleges: Feds

A North Miami Beach man was arrested for soliciting violent attacks on the deans of two local colleges, according to a federal complaint.

The FBI began its investigation back in April 2018 when 23-year-old Salman Rashid posted on his Facebook page advocating "the violent overthrow of democracy and the establishment of Islamic law," the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release.

In May 2019, Rashid solicited a confidential human source to contact ISIS and to have members of ISIS to conduct a terrorist attack on his behalf, the complaint said.

Earlier this month, Rashid asked the source for an attack against the deans at Miami-Dade and Broward colleges, the complaint said. Rashid was suspended from Miami-Dade College in December 2018 for sending threatening messages to a female student, and then he was expelled from Broward College this past May for failing to disclose the suspension, federal officials said.

Rashid told the source to use explosive devices and that the attacks should be "as big as possible," federal officials said.

"Last week, Miami-Dade College was notified by the FBI that they had eliminated a threat involving a former student at the Padron Campus. At this time, the FBI has advised us that there is no additional threat or need for heightened security," school officials said.

Broward College said the investigation was active and did not elaborate further.

Rashid was arrested Saturday and appeared in court Monday. He faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years if convicted.

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