Somali teenager ‘tried to set off carbomb in US’

A Somali teenager has been arrested on suspicion of trying to set off a carbomb in the United States, police said on Saturday.

Colin Freeman
Telegraph [UK]
27 Nov 2010

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, was held after he attempted to detonate what he believed was an explosives-laden van at an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon. However, undercover FBI agents had been monitoring his plans and had ensured that the “bomb” was in fact incapable of exploding.

Mohamud, a naturalised US citizen of Somali descent, was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Portland police around 5:40 pm Friday (0040 GMT Saturday).

“The threat was very real. Our investigation shows that Mohamud was absolutely committed to carrying out an attack on a very grand scale,” said Arthur Balizan, a special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon. “At the same time, I want to reassure the people of this community that, at every turn, we denied him the ability to actually carry out the attack.”

Read the rest at the Telegraph.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud was under FBI surveillance when he allegedly tried to set off the bomb Photo: AP

Update: Michelle Malkin offers a powerful, sobering visual commentary about this arrest, and about political correctness vs. Islamic jihad in the United States.

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