Oregon mosque set fire after Portland bomb plot

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November 28, 2010, 5:45 pm
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(NECN: Kristen Caira) - First it was a foiled bomb plot at a Christmas tree lighting, now a fire where the would-be arsonist worshiped.
Police in Portland, Oregon believe the mosque was targeted because it was once frequented by terror suspect Mohamed Osman Mohamud.

The fire at the Salman Al-Farisi Islamic Center happened just after 2 a.m., and authorities believe it was set intentionally. 

No one was injured in the blaze and it didn't damage any worship areas, just one room, but officials say it's an example of the anger felt in the aftermath of a foiled terror attack at a Christmas tree lighting in Portland Oregon Friday night.

Local Terror Expert Edith Flynn says it is precisely the wrong type of reaction: "Police say Mohamed Osman Mohamud parked what he thought was a bomb-filled van near the holiday ceremony and then went to a nearby train station to detonate it. But the plan had been intercepted by the FBI after receiving a tip. Federal Authorities moving in and making the arrest before anyone was injured.  "

The case is the latest in a string of alleged terror plots by U.S. citizens or residents, including one in Times Square where a Pakistan-born man plead guilty to trying to set off a car bomb at a busy street corner.

As for the Portland case, Flynn says there is comfort knowing that the FBI was on top of it.

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