Teen Charged, FBI Stings Terrorist Bomb Plot In Oregon at Christmas Lighting
Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Corvallis, Oregon is accused of trying to set a van off with a mock bomb remote given to him by the FBI during a crowded Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon over the weekend.
On Friday, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, was arrested after authorities derived a plan after placing him under surveillance. The 19 year-old is stated to have been planning for more than a year to harm both adults and children in a huge gathering.
According to reports, Mohamud had been under surveillance and it was identified that coded email had been transferred between Mohamud and an associate who hadn’t been indicted in the Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier region who then referred Mohamud to another associate. In addition to the email transfers, Mohamud allegedly was also planning to prepare himself for a violent jihad when he visited Pakistan.
Meanwhile, an undercover FBI approached Mohamud and informed him of a plan to set-off a Christmas bombing, which Mohamud accepted a white van that he thought contained 55-gallon drums with detonation cords and plastic caps. What Mohamed Osman Mohamud didn’t know at the time that none of it was real except for the white van.
Mohamed is reported to have parked that van near the event and attempted to set off the explosion through the device that was given to him by the FBI agent, but it was a dud and nothing happened.
The FBI and the Portland police arrested him after he was told by the undercover agent to get out of the car to improve the signal.