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KEY WEST (CBSMiami/AP) — The federal trial of a Key West man accused of conspiring to detonate a bomb on a Keys beach is scheduled to get underway on Friday with jury selection.

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Opening statements could take place as early as Monday in the trial of 25-year-old Harlem Suarez who has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The FBI says Suarez told an informant he wanted to set off a backpack bomb on a Key West beach. He was arrested in 2015 after accepting an inert device from an FBI employee posing as an extremist.

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Prosecutors say Suarez drew inspiration from the Islamic State for his alleged plot.

Suarez faces a lengthy prison term if convicted of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and supporting terrorism.

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