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. @shay

    So it was entrapment? Isn't that illegal too?

    November 28, 2010 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. capitalism

    Deport them back to somali,you would think the gov would have stop by allowing muslims here.obama why are they still coming?

    November 28, 2010 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. phil

    There is nothing your government can do to stop thousands of "terrorists" from sneaking into this country and poisoning our water.

    November 28, 2010 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. ***dude***

    If 99 percent of muslims love peace and oppose the nutballs, why are they silent? Where is their Billy Grahm? Are they helping in haiti?, africa? Do they belong to World Vision? Are they chasing the radials?

    November 28, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    Not even the Obama can stop ten's of thousands of illegal Muslims from entering this country and EASILY poisoning our water.

    November 28, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. shay

    Whoever wants the whole story on this go to kptv12.com read the whole story how this started and finished!!!!!

    November 28, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. Veritas

    @Dude very well said

    November 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. WILLARD BULLOCK

    China will be warning for obama if he make unless what happened im belived that man musilims are make trouble with terroist at amercian so untied state amercian should charge against presdient obama
    Musilims must get keep out of country

    November 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ***dude***

    Thanks, that had a lot more info than this cnn report

    November 28, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. smiley

    there is no one responsible for 9/11 because how can our government tell the world that it was our own government (bush)that killed thousands of its own innocent civilians, just for theyre own sick greed.

    November 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. purtbrwowniz

    ok. so you want to keep out terrorist and so do i. what about these people coming up from mexico also. that bring drugs and guns and feed the problems of our war against drugs. i believe that terrorism comes in all shapes and problems. muslims are who actually tipped the goverment off about this person. we are being attacked on many different levels in all possible ways. you cant blanket a religion or belief and say its the problem. that thought process is the problem.

    November 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. purtbrwowniz

    Im just glad it was caught in time. i dont care what religion he is! he needs to be dealt with and anyone else like him! crazy... why would you want to harm people like that?

    November 28, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. capitalism

    I dont understand how muslims are still being allowed into usa.we have to close our borders and stricter immgrantion reform

    November 28, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. capitalism

    Stricter immgration and close our borders

    November 28, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. InfidelHere

    Remember back in 2007 when the PEW Research Group reported that:

    "1 in 4 (26%) U.S. Young Muslims OK with Homicide Bombings Against Civilians."

    Come on people...what do you expect from this cult ideology called Islam?!?!

    And that is just for Muslims living HERE in this country...not some Islamic arm pit like the Middle East!

    Think about it...Mohamed Osman Mohamud is just your typical jihadist following Islam as his terrorist prophet intended. He is simply being a "good" Muslim, nothing less!

    November 29, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
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