November 27th, 2010
10:27 AM ET

Somali-American accused of plotting to bomb Oregon tree-lighting event

A 19-year-old has been arrested in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb at an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon, on Friday evening, the Justice Department announced.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia, was arrested on suspicion of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He is a resident of Corvallis, Oregon, and a student at Oregon State University, according to the FBI.

Mohamud was arrested by the FBI and Portland Police Bureau 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, the Justice Department said in a written statement. However, "the materials were not explosive," said Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd, who called the device a "mock bomb."

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  1. bob

    well they do not have Americans Unmanned drones which have been killiing many innocent peole .

    November 29, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. InfidelHere

    Islamic militants, radicals, extremists, fundamentalists or whatever is the adjective today are actually "good" Muslims, not bad ones. The "radicals" haven't corrupted Islam, hijacked their religion, nor interpreted it incorrectly, and therefore they aren't radicals or extremists!.

    Islam isn't a peaceful religion; it is a declaration of war against all mankind. While "bad" Muslims can be moderate, peaceful or "not-Muslim-enough", these people have NO influence because even their Koran tells "good" Muslims to KILL them!!

    December 1, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. LUIS

    No you idiot Cutler and all the other bodybuilders are not on gym candy, and it IS plchiyasly possible to get as big as they are without them, I DID look it up. You can't prove something you can't see or show and all it takes is a LOT of hard work something you probably don't know about egh

    July 14, 2012 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
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