Monday, November 29, 2010

The Oregonian-Teen Bomb Suspect Thought It Was A Sin To Live In U.S.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the suspect in a Portland, Ore. bomb plot:
(Story reported by Stuart Tomlinson for The Oregonian)

Mohamed Osman Mohamud was angry at his parents for keeping him from jihad and had thought about carrying out an operation, "something like Mumbai," since he was 17. On the two-year anniversary of the shooting and bombing attack on a Mumbai, India, hotel that killed 166 people, Mohamud pressed the buttons on a cell phone he thought would trigger an explosion, creating a "spectacular show" and killing hundreds at Pioneer Courthouse Square, the government alleges.

The Corvallis teenager, accused of plotting to detonate a bomb during the annual tree-lighting ceremony in "Portland's living room," will make his first court appearance Monday morning in U.S. District Court in Portland.

Mohamud is accused of the federal crime of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Mohamud, 19, was arrested late Friday afternoon after a lengthy investigation and undercover sting conducted by the FBI and Oregon law enforcement officials. He will be arraigned at 9 a.m. before the federal magistrate assigned this month to handle arraignments, officials said.

According to court documents, Mohamud sent an e-mail June 25, 2010, to an undercover FBI operative that said he been "betrayed by my family" because he was unable to fly from the United Kingdom to Pakistan. After returning to Corvallis, and after he and undercover operatives blew up a backpack of explosives in a trial run early this month in a remote area of Lincoln County, Mohamud made a video and said that living in the U.S. "is a sin."

"To my parents, who held me back from Jihad in the cause of Allah. I say to them, if you make allies with the enemy, then Allah's power will ask you about that on the day of judgment ...," Mohamud said in the video, according to court documents.

(Click here to read the full story on The Oregonian website.)

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