AG confident FBI acted properly in Portland case

AG confident FBI acted properly in Portland case
Mohamed Osman Mohamud is seen in a Multnomah County Jail booking photo.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder says he is confident that federal agents acted properly in the case of a Somali-American man who allegedly tried to blow up what he thought was a van full of explosives in Portland, Ore., during the city's Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

The FBI set up a sting operation to investigate Mohamed Osman Mohamud after receiving a tip.


At a news conference Monday, Holder said that once the undercover operation began, the suspect chose at every step to continue with the bombing plot.

The attorney general rejected the suggestion that Mohamud was a victim of illegal entrapment by the FBI.

Holder also says the FBI is trying to determine if a fire at an Islamic center in Oregon is related to the arrest of Mohamud.



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