Authorities have detained Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a naturalized former Somali citizen and 19-year-old sophomore at Oregon State, in an attempt to bomb a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon yesterday. The FBI had been tracking Mohamud for six months before giving him a fake bomb and arresting him as he “executed” the bombing.
According to authorities, Mohamud had been chatting with an unnamed suspicious terror personality in Pakistan since August 2009 and eventually began talking to undercover FBI agents, who warned him several times of the possible repercussions of committing terror attacks and found Mohamud steadfast in his determination. According to the NY Times:
Mr. Mohamud, who had told undercover agents that he had thought about committing jihad since he was 15, taped a statement that was a good-bye to his family and a rationale for his actions, the authorities said. On Friday afternoon, Mr. Mohamud again met with the undercover agents and prepared to detonate the bomb in a parked van. But when he dialed a number from his cell phone, thinking it would activate the bomb, he was instead arrested. Mr. Mohamud will appear in federal court in Portland on Monday, and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Mohamud was detained last night and the FBI is currently investigating any further ties with larger organizations. Further investigating via CNN below:
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