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A teenager has been arrested in the US state of Oregon after allegedly plotting to carry out a car bomb attack at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Somali-born Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, was arrested after reportedly making a telephone call he thought would set off the bomb in the centre of Portland.
However, the bomb was a fake supplied by agents in a sting operation. Mr Mohamud is a naturalised US citizen who had allegedly been in contact with an associate in north-west Pakistan. He has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.
U.S. prosecutors say an Oregon teenager of Somali descent has been arrested in an alleged terrorist plot to car-bomb a Christmas tree lighting event in the northwestern city of Portland, Oregon Friday night.
Authorities say 19-year-old Mohamed Osman Mohamud was taken into custody by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation after he dialed a cell phone intending to detonate a bomb, but instead rang for the FBI in a sting operation.
Mohamud had earlier been given phony explosives by undercover officers, who first learned of his alleged plot last year.
Originally posted by SunshineLaws
Could this be used as a tipping point to erode the First Amendment? Freedom of Assembly could be undermined by the Government claiming it is too dangerous. This incident as proof that we need even more "protection" from the Government.