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Somali-born teen held for US bomb plot

2010-11-27 10:22

Portland - US law enforcement agencies thwarted an attempt to blow up a car bomb at an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Friday evening in Portland, Oregon, officials said early on Saturday.

The Justice Department identified the chief suspect as 19-year-old Mohamed Osman Mohamud of the town of Corvallis, a naturalised US citizen of Somali descent.
Mohamud was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Portland police around 02:40 on Saturday after he attempted to detonate what he believed to be an explosives-laden van that was parked near the tree lighting ceremony in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square, officials said.

But the device was in fact inert, and the public was never in any danger, they added.

"The threat was very real. Our investigation shows that Mohamud was absolutely committed to carrying out an attack on a very grand scale," said Arthur Balizan, a special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon. "At the same time, I want to reassure the people of this community that, at every turn, we denied him the ability to actually carry out the attack."

According to court documents, in August 2009, Mohamud was in e-mail contact with an accomplice overseas who is believed to be involved in terrorist activities.

In December 2009, while the accomplice was located in the northwest frontier province of Pakistan, Mohamud and the suspect discussed the possibility of Mohamud traveling to Pakistan to engage in jihad.

This man allegedly referred Mohamud to a second conspirator overseas and provided Mohamud with a name and email address to facilitate the plot, according to the court documents.

Holy war

In the months that followed, Mohamud allegedly made several unsuccessful attempts to contact his partner.

Ultimately, last June, an FBI undercover operative contacted Mohamud via e-mail under the guise of being an associate of his Pakistani contact.

Mohamud and the FBI undercover operative then agreed to meet in Portland in July.

At this meeting, Mohamud told the FBI undercover operative that he had written articles that were published in "Jihad Recollections," an online magazine that advocated violence against non-Muslims.

He later told undercover FBI operatives that he had been thinking of conducting a holy war against infidels since the age of 15 and that he had identified a potential target for a bomb: the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square on November 26, 2010, the documents allege.

FBI operatives cautioned Mohamud several times about the seriousness of this plan, noting that there would be many children at the event. But Mohamud responded that he was looking for a "huge mass that will ... be attacked in their own element with their families celebrating the holidays," the affidavit pointed out.

Comments
  • Judge DREAD - 2010-11-27 10:43

    The Anti-Christ these okes. Hell bent on destroying anything and everything beautiful. What a bunch of tossers. I SO wish i could bump into one of them. They are a bunch of mad hatters and anyone with an inkling of sympathy or support for these okes should be locked up.

      goyougoodthing - 2010-11-27 10:51

      Who is worse though, these Muslims or the Americans who have consistently held other countries hostage and murdered innocent people?

  • goyougoodthing - 2010-11-27 10:50

    Interesting how they can always arrest the Muslim for almost blowing something up but manage to miss the teen Christians who shoot their classmates.

      Patrick - 2010-11-27 11:33

      Hey Muslim lover, the teens who shoot their class mates usually shoot themselves afterwards, thereby saving the taxpayer a shed load of money and time.

      goyougoodthing - 2010-11-27 11:39

      All the hate. It's the kind of thing I expect from Christians. And all religious types. Instead of comprehending what I say you jump at the bit where I talk about the unfair treatment of Muslims. I personally think all of you who believe in religion should go kill each other, but I ask please leave me alone. The press and government in the USA persecutes the Muslims because: They want their oil, they can blame them for their own acts and the average American is so stupid they buy it.

      Abri - 2010-11-27 12:26

      @goyougoodthing-Patrick did not mentioned his religous beliefs(if any), you just assumed him bing a Chrsitian, as it suited your shallow argument.There is really not much to comprehend in what you said.As for hate, it is you who have a hate for religous people, why else would you wish on them to kill themselves.By the the way, nobody bothered you, you all by yourself volanteered to place shallow emotional arguments on the public domain, and then you complain when people take you on. I you are that sensative, rather stay a passive reader.

  • CATSHEAD - 2010-11-27 11:49

    CATSHEAD. Mohammed and his parents are from Somalia - the worst failed state on earth. The PC Americans give them citizenship and they repay this kindness with violence and murder. The real criminal in this saga is the US Immigration employee who allowed them into the country

      goyougoodthing - 2010-11-27 12:09

      You are part right, the biggest criminals on earth are American, they just happen to be the government, military and CIA. No wonder people want to harm them, they invade sovereign countries and kill the locals.

  • Lew - 2010-11-27 12:08

    I cannot believe this term "infidel"used to describe anyone other than muslim. Screw them and their beliefs - who do they think they are.I personally take this as a personal insult - so hadjie boys go to hell.

      goyougoodthing - 2010-11-27 12:19

      Infidel merely means 'non-believer' so I guess, as a non believer in Islam, it's pretty spot on don't you think. What difference does it make anyway, I think anyone who believes in any religion needs their head read. I think believers are nutters.

  • Chris - 2010-11-27 12:18

    religion is primitive. killing for it base.

  • goyougoodthing - 2010-11-27 12:42

    Abri, Patrick called me a Muslim lover, what does that suggest - a lot of love or intolerance. As for shallow arguments, I am not sure you can read. I was commenting on the clear anti-Muslim trend in the mainstream media, world wide. They are becoming the scape goat for all bad things. And this has been done by the mainstream media who are Christian and Jewish. Is that shallow to point this out? I think not.

      Abri - 2010-11-27 13:16

      What he called you is not disputed. You pinning a belief sistem to him to suit your argument was the point I critised, plus the fact that you freely wants to critise people with different belief sistems than yours, but in the same breath ask them to leave you alone. As shallow as your profile pic, I would say.

      Donald.P.Muller - 2010-11-27 13:36

      @goyougoodthing, you are an a***hole, you spew forth anti-american hogwash and anti relgion nonsense and try to pass yourself off as pure and good. I am an athiest but I dont hate other people just because they dont think like me. You actually sound mentally unstable and I would suggest you get yourself to a doctor.

      Ingwe - 2010-11-27 14:17

      Donald +1

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