Terror Plot Suspectâ€™s Dad Contacted Feds
PORTLAND, Ore. — The father of a 19-year-old man accused of trying to bomb Pioneer Square during its Christmas tree-lighting ceremony contacted the FBI before it began its investigation into the alleged plot, FOX 12 has learned.
Mohamed Mohamudâ€™s father voiced concerns about his son to Homeland Security before the investigation started in August 2009, according to the Department of Justice.
Federal authorities say Mohamudâ€™s father had no knowledge of what his son was planning.
Mohamud was arrested Friday evening after officials say he spent more than a year planning an explosion at Pioneer Courthouse Square. While Mohamud believed he was corresponding with radical extremists in Pakistan, he was actually working with an undercover agent, the FBI says.
Authorities say Mohamud parked a van next to Pioneer Square that he believed to be filled with explosives. He then went to Union Station in downtown Portland and dialed a cell phone that he believed would detonate the bomb, the FBI says.
Federal agents then moved in and took him into custody.
Mohamud was born in Somalia but lived in Oregon for most of his life. He graduated from Westview High School in the Beaverton area and he took classes at Oregon State University as recently as this fall.