Monday, November 29, 2010

I Find This Disturbing

From HotSpots:

United States (Country threat level - 2): A Somali-born youth was arrested on 26 November 2010 after attempting to detonate what he believed was a live car bomb at a Christmas tree lighting event in Portland, Oregon. The FBI had reportedly been tracking the youth since mid-2009, when communications between him and militant elements in Pakistan were intercepted. An undercover operation followed, and the naturalized U.S. citizen believed that the FBI agents he became involved with were also militant elements; the teenager was supplied with a vehicle filled with five 55-gallon drums connected with wires that he believed to be a live explosive device. He then attempted to use a cell phone to activate the dummy bomb, at which time he was arrested. The youth has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. U.S. officials stated that the operation was being coordinated through the FBI and that the public was at no time in real danger.

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