The Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon reports:
A Corvallis teenager was arrested Friday in connection with a car bomb at a Christmas tree lighting event. The bomb was inert and posed no danger, officials said.
Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia and resident of Corvallis, was arrested on accusations of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction (explosives) in connection with a plot to detonate a vehicle bomb at an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, the Justice Department announced.
According to a criminal complaint signed in the District of Oregon, Mohamud was arrested by the FBI and Portland Police Bureau at 5:40 p.m. Friday after he tried to detonate what he thought to be an explosives-laden van that was parked near the tree lighting ceremony in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square.
The arrest was the culmination of a long-term undercover operation, during which Mohamud had been monitored closely for months as his alleged bomb plot developed, officials said.
Mohamed Osman Mohamud.
(Hat tip: Hot Air)