As a public service announcement we feel compelled to remind you Mohamed Mohamud has nothing to do with Islam.
A former college student who attempted to blow up a Christmas tree lighting was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison today.
Mohamed Osman Mohamud was just 19-years-old and a student at Oregon State University when he planned to use a car bomb at a holiday celebration in Portland, Oregon.
The bomb he detonated however was a fake, given to him by undercover FBI operatives who then arrested the Somali-American teenager.
At the time, tens of thousands of people were gathered at Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square for the city’s annual tree lighting and holiday celebration.
According to CNN, Mohamud, now 23, had previously told agents, ‘I want whoever is attending that event to leave, to leave either dead or injured.’
Now, a judge has ruled that he will spend 30 years in federal prison, this after he was convicted of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction this past January.
Again, there’s no reason to assume he’s Islamic, of course.
Yelling “Allahu Akbar!” – Arabic for “God is great!” – Mohamud tried to kick agents and police after he was taken into custody, according to prosecutors.
Of course MoMo was recalled as a good kid back when this occurred.
Mariam Barre did not wear a hijab and her husband, Osman Barre, reportedly worked as an engineer for Intel. Mohamud appeared to particularly close to his mother, neighbors said.
“She always talked so good about him. He was just a good kid,” said Adam Napier’s mother, Stephanie.
In 2009, Mohamud parents split up, not long after he turned 18, the paper said.
Omar Jamal, first secretary to the Somali Mission to the United Nations, told KPTV that Mohamud’s father had remarried a woman in Minneapolis, which has a large Somali population and has been a hotbed for jihadist recruitment.
We wonder where dad is these days.