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Portland bomb plot suspect's father alerted FBI

Portland bomb plot suspect's father alerted FBI

The father of an Oregon terrorism suspect called the FBI in August 2009 to warn that his son planned to fly to Yemen to become a violent jihadist.
The phone call came to light Tuesday during an evidentiary hearing for Mohamed Mohamud. The 20-year-old Somali-American is charged with plotting to detonate what turned out to be a fake bomb at a Portland, Ore., Christmas-tree lighting ceremony in November 2010.
FBI agent Ryan Dwyer says Mohamud's father, Osman Barre, was afraid for his son when he called the agency and reported the plans. Dwyer says Barre told agents his son was "still a child" and didn't know what he was doing.
Barre was in court Tuesday but declined to comment.
A trial is scheduled for October.


Updated : 2021-03-09 04:05 GMT+08:00