PORTLAND — A Somali-born teenager plotted to carry out a car bomb attack at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony Friday in downtown Portland, but the bomb was a dud supplied by undercover agents as part of a sting, federal prosecutors said.Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, was arrested at 5:40 p.m. just after he dialed a cell phone that he thought would blow up a van laden with explosives but instead brought federal agents and Portland police swooping in to take him into custody.Mohamud yelled “Allahu Akhkbar” and tried to kick agents and police as the arrest came, according to prosecutors.He was charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton released federal court documents Friday that show the sting operation began in June after an undercover agent learned that Mohamud had been in contact with an “unindicted associate” in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier region.Mohamud is a naturalized U.S. citizen who has been living in Corvallis.According to a federal complaint, Mohamud was in regular email contact with the “unindicted associate’ in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier starting in August 2009.The complaint said that in December 2009 Mohamud and the “unindicted associate” used coded language in an email in which the FBI believes Mohamud discussed traveling to Pakistan to prepare for “violent jihad.”The document says in the months that followed Mohamud made “multiple efforts” to contact another “undicted associate” to arrange travel to Pakistan but had a faulty e-mail address for that person.
Clock Tower Chowk, MultanEmirates has announced plans to launch services to Multan, Pakistan, beginning 1 August 2015.Service to Multan, Pakistan’s 5th largest city by population, will commence with four weekly flights operated by a Boeing 777-300 in a two-class configuration – 54 seats in Business Class and 310 in Economy Class. The aircraft can carry up to 23 tonnes of cargo, opening up many more trade opportunities in the region.Multan is one of the world’s oldest cities with a rich history as a cultural and trade hub. Located on the banks of the Chenab River in the Punjab province of Pakistan, Multan is famous for agricultural products such as wheat, cotton, sugar cane, mangoes, citrus, guavas, and pomegranates.Multan is also a commercial and industrial centre, well connected with other industrial hubs such as Lahore, Karachi, Gujranwala, Quetta and Faisalabad. The major industries in Multan include fertilizer, cosmetics, glass manufacturing, cotton production and processing, large textile units, flour mills, sugar, and oil mills. Exports from the region include traditional Multani shoes, embroidery on dresses for women and men, furniture, wooden products, pottery, camel-skin ware, surgical instruments and carpets.Emirates flight EK630 will depart Dubai at 18:20 and arrive in Multan at 22:00 on Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The return flight EK631 will leave Multan at 23:30, arriving in Dubai at 01:20.Additional services to Karachi from 1 July 2015Emirates will also introduce five additional weekly fights to Karachi, starting 1 July. Emirates flight EK618 will depart Dubai at 04:50 and arrive in Karachi at 08:00 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The return flight EK619 will leave Karachi at 09:40, arriving in Dubai at 10:55.Tickets for Multan and Karachi are now available to purchase via Emirates.com or your preferred Travel Agent.