Car Bomb Plotted By Mohamed Osman Mohamud at US Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Thwarted

    According to international news sites, a car bomb plot was thwarted by the US law enforcers on Friday, targeting a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland in the U.S. state of Oregon.

    A 19-year-old suspect bomber was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Portland police at 5:40 p.m. on Friday after he attempted to detonate what he believed to be an explosive-laden van that was parked near the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square.

    The suspect was identified by the Justice Department as Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a Somali-born naturalized US citizen of the town of Corvallis in Oregon.

    According to reports, Mohamud was closely monitored by a long-term undercover operation and the arrest was the culmination of the said operation.

    Mohamud is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court in Portland on Monday.

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