Jury hears Ore. terror suspect’s dramatic takedown
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon jury heard a recording of the dramatic takedown of a terrorism suspect seconds after he attempted to detonate a bomb at Portland’s busy Christmas tree-lighting ceremony.
The audio from November 2010 recorded by an undercover FBI agent captured Mohamed Mohamud’s desperate attempt to dial numbers into a cell phone that he thought would set off the bomb.
The bomb was a fake provided by the FBI.
The recording follows Mohamud dialing once and stepping out of a car.
The undercover agent, posing as a member of al-Qaida, says “dial it again.” Those words were the signal to other FBI agents, who flooded the area and arrested Mohamud, then 19.
Mohamud’s defense team doesn’t dispute that he attempted to detonate a bomb, but says he was entrapped by the FBI.