Portland Bomber Due In Court

Monday, November 29, 2010 - 4:50pm

Teenager accused of plotting attack on Oregon holiday celebration set to face a federal judge.

A teenager suspected in a bomb plot targeting a holiday celebration in Portland, Oregon will make his first court appearance today.

19-year-old Mohamed Osman Mohamud is set to appear in federal court in Portland.

The courthouse is just blocks from the downtown square that was the target of Mohamud's alleged bomb plot.

10,000 people had gathered at a tree-lighting ceremony Friday, but the FBI says just as Mohamud tried to detonate what he thought was a bomb, federal agents swarmed in to arrest him.

It was the end of a nearly year-long FBI sting.

Now the Portland Muslim community is dealing with a possible backlash.

Mohamud's arrest may have sparked an arson attack Sunday at an Islamic center that he attended.

Police are investigating the case as a possible hate crime.

Former neighbors say they saw Mohamud often at his parents' home in the Portland area.

On Sunday they expressed a mix of shock and sadness.

"Complete disbelief, they were a very nice family," said Stephanie Napier.

Mohamud could face life in prison if convicted.

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