FBI Sting Nabs Would-Be Car Bomber in Oregon

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, tried to sabotage tree-lighting ceremony
This image provided by the Mauthnomah County Sheriff's Office shows Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, arrested and charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.   (AP Photo/Mauthnomah County Sheriff's Office)
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(User Submitted) – An Oregon man was arrested last night and charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction after trying to detonate a car bomb at a tree-lighting ceremony. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, a US citizen born in Somalia, drove a van to Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland and attempted to detonate a dummy explosive charge that had been rigged by the FBI, reports the Oregonian. "This defendant's chilling determination is a stark reminder that there are people—even here in Oregon—who are determined to kill Americans," said a state US attorney.

Mohamud had been under investigation since August of 2009, when he contacted a suspected terrorist in Pakistan and discussed traveling there to assist in terrorist activities. An undercover FBI agent contacted Mohamud and arranged to meet. After much discussion and a "trial run" detonating a backpack explosive, Mohamud recorded a video explaining his reason for the attack. His maximum sentence if convicted is a $250,000 fine and life in prison. Click here for more.

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