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    FBI foil bomb plot in US

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    US federal agents have said they stopped a Somali-born teenager from blowing up a van full of explosives at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon.


    Mohamed Osman Mohamud, age 19, was arrested just after he dialled a mobile phone that he thought would detonate the explosives.


    Instead, it brought federal agents and Portland police swooping down on him.


    Yelling "Allahu Akbar!" - Arabic for "God is great!" - Mohamud tried to kick agents and police as they closed in, according to prosecutors.


    Prosecutors say the bomb was a dud supplied by undercover agents as part of the sting and the public was never in danger.


    Mohamud, a naturalised US citizen living in Corvallis, Oregon, was charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.


    He is scheduled for a court appearance on Monday.