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Teen Arrested in Failed Portland Car Bomb Plot

Mohamed Osman Mohamud

By: David Shepherd [dshepherd@wtwo.com] – Saturday, November 27, 2010

Federal prosecutors tell NBC News that a Somali-born teen has been arrested for plotting a car bomb attack at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in downtown Portland Friday.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, was arrested after trying to detonate the dud bomb given to him by undercover agents as part of an anti-terror sting.

Court documents show Mohamud was arrested after he dialed a cell phone that he thought would detonate the explosives at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square as thousands were in attendence for the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

Witnesses tell NBC News Mohamud yelled, “Allahu Akhbar” and tried to kick agents as the arrested him.  He’s charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

If convicted, he could face up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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