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Oregon Car-Bomb Suspect Guilty of Terrorism

Posted: Jan 31, 2013 5:22 PM by Associated Press

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PORTLAND, Oregon - A jury has found an Oregon man guilty of federal terrorism charges.

Mohamed Mohamud was accused of leading a plot to detonate a bomb at Portland's 2010 Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. The device he thought was a bomb was a fake, supplied by undercover FBI agents posing as members of al-Qaida.

Jurors rejected the 21-year-old Mohamud's claim that he was entrapped or induced by a yearlong FBI sting that began to target him when he was a teenager.

Prosecutors argued that Mohamud was predisposed to terrorism as early as 15 years old.

Mohamud traded emails with an al-Qaida lieutenant later killed in a drone strike. He also told undercover agents he would pose as a college student while preparing for violent jihad.

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