Mohamed Osman Mohamud was angry at his parents for keeping him from jihad and had thought about carrying out an operation, “something like Mumbai,” since he was 17, reports The Oregonian. On the two-year anniversary of the shooting and bombing attack on a Mumbai, India, hotel, that killed 166, Mohamud pressed the buttons on a cell phone he thought would trigger an explosion, creating a “spectacular show” and killing hundreds at a Portland tree-lighting ceremony, the U.S. government alleges.
The Corvallis, Or., teenager will make his first court appearance today. He is accused of the federal crime of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Mohamud, 19, was arrested late Friday after a lengthy investigation and undercover sting conducted by the FBI and Oregon law enforcement officials. Mohamud reportedly sent an e-mail June 25, 2010, to an undercover FBI operative that said he been “betrayed by my family” because he was unable to fly from the United Kingdom to Pakistan. After returning to Corvallis, and after he and undercover operatives blew up a backpack of explosives in a trial run this month in a remote area, Mohamud made a video and said that living in the U.S. “is a sin.” “To my parents, who held me back from Jihad in the cause of Allah. I say to them, if you make allis with the enemy, then Allah’s power will ask you about that on the day of judgment,” Mohamud said in a video.