FBI agents claim they busted a pissed-off Somali-born teenager just as he was readying to blow up an explosive-packed ban that he hoped to use to spread death and destruction at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon over the holiday weekend.
What the would-be bomber did not know was that the bomb was an elaborate fake supplied by FBI agents in an elaborate sting operation.
Agents arrested Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, at 5:40 p.m. local time Friday as he dialed a cell phone he thought would set off the device. Instead of an explosion, agents and police swooped down for the arrest.
Mohamud fought agents while screaming “Allahu Akbar,” which is Arabic for “God if great.”
Arthur Ba;ozam. special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon, called the threat “very real” and said “our investigation shows that Mohamud was absolutely committed to carrying out an attack on a very large scale.”
FBI sources tell Capitol Hill Blue that operatives like Mohamud are “widespread” throughout the United States and pose a “very real threat” to the security of the country.