Alleged Portland bomb plotter in court today

Nov 29, 2010

The Oregon teenager charged with attempting to explode a bomb in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square is due to appear in federal court in Portland today.

Members of the Islamic community in Corvallis, where Mohamed Osman Mohamud lived, say the 19-year-old appeared to be a typical college student.

Mohamud faces a possible sentence of up of life in prison and a quarter million dollar fine if convicted on the charges. The Somali native and naturalized U-S citizen had attended classes at Oregon State University but a school spokesman said Mohamud dropped out in October.

Yosof Wanly is the imam at Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center in Corvallis. He said the alleged bomb plotter was not a regular at the mosque.

"We knew of him. A number of us knew of him. They were companions of his, friends of his. They would hang out with him. So he was living a regular student life. He would go to his parties, you know what I'm saying. He would hang out with the frat brothers," said Wanly.

He stressed that the Muslim community in Corvallis does not support extremist acts.

Meanwhile, the FBI and the Corvallis Police Department are investigating a suspected arson fire at the Corvallis mosque early Sunday morning. No one was injured in the blaze, which damaged an office, according to KVAL-TV.