The FBI thwarted an attempted terrorist bombing in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square before the city’s annual tree-lighting Friday night, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon.
A Corvallis man, thinking he was going to ignite a bomb, drove a van to the corner of the square at Southwest Yamhill Street and Sixth Avenue and attempted to detonate it.
However, the supposed explosive was a dummy that FBI operatives supplied to him, according to an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint signed Friday night by U.S. Magistrate Judge John V. Acosta.
Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, a Somali-born U.S. citizen, was arrested at 5:42 p.m., 18 minutes before the tree lighting was to occur, on an accusation of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. The felony charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.
My first thought, when I heard about a plot to blow up a tree lighting ceremony in Portland was “a disgruntled Lutheran choir boy”. Then I considered elderly “Nuns with Guns”. Imagine my surprise when I discovered it was a 19 yr. old, Somali born man with two forms of the name “Muhammad” in his name!
And to top it off, he is apparently one of the Osmond brothers! FBI agents are descending on Salt Lake City even as we speak!
Cross posted at LCR.