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. phil

    Mock bomb? Now why would a "terrorists" go to all that trouble with a make believe bomb? Next CNN will report it was a Russian made "Mokba bomb"

    November 27, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • poseidonian

      This was obviously a sting operation, and the device was furnished by the FBI. SOP.

      November 27, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • eric

      Google the story from a local OR paper and you'll see it was a sting.

      November 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Veritas

    Those poor babies rest in peace my thoughts and prayers are with thier families. so sad

    November 27, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mehdi General Hardware Store

    Surplus World War III Mockba bombs on sale now thru x-mas.

    November 27, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. @Veritus

    In your haste to show a public face of compassion, your post doesn't match the story. Perhaps you were looking for the Lightning Strike KillsSeven story?

    November 27, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. steven

    Someone should bust him in the big lips with a elbow

    November 27, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. Stefan Schreier

    Well, see, you can't have a war on terror without terrorists. So they've got to keep creating "terrorists".

    November 27, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. Veritas

    One down many more to go. just glad our people were on the job. God Bless America!

    November 27, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    Osman is no American. He is evil and is the poster boy for having an abortion. Osman, any last words? Ok men, ready, aim.....................FIRE!

    November 27, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    We are gathered here to say good-bye to the departed, Osmad Mohamud, who died today in front of a firing squad for attempting to kill innocent women and children at a Christmas gathering. May Satan recover his little helper. Amen.

    November 27, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    Wait. The genius Cavemen that pulled off 9/11 have only been able to coordinate 4 (that we know of) failed plots from their extensive worldwide terror network that can strike at any moment anywhere..hehe. Let’s see, first was a retard with a shoe bomb he couldn't lite. Second was a moron who lit his privates on fire but no boom. Third was an idiot who parked his Firework laden SUV in the middle of Times Square (very subtle). And we come to the forth retard. Anyone getting the point yet. Google the Power of Nightmares

    November 27, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. lIvefastLovehard

    I dont understand how our government can catch one kid planning to blow up some christmas trees and carolers but they cant seem to see the warning signs when it comes to the world trade or other mass attacks from large groups of terrorists. ridiculous.

    November 27, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. stephanie

    Gosh, whoopie, you were right...we don't have a muslim problem at all.

    November 27, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. solution

    religion, which allows to kill other believes people, should be prohibited in us.

    November 27, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. duke

    Conform,or live in fear!!
    Next up butter will be illegal.

    November 27, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steph

    Well the children he molests will get free now as that's what muslims do for a hobby.

    November 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
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