US: Teen in car bomb plot held in protective custody

Mohamed Mohamud allegedly plotted to bomb Portland`s tree-lighting ceremony.

Last Updated: Dec 18, 2010, 16:27 PM IST

Portland: Authorities say the 19-year-old man accused in an alleged plot to bomb Portland`s holiday tree-lighting ceremony is being kept away from other prisoners.

Multnomah County sheriff`s chief deputy Michael Shults tells the Oregonian that Mohamed Mohamud is in protective custody at the downtown Justice Centre jail, but there is no known threat against him.

Shults says a lot of jail inmates had friends and relatives at the November 26 lighting ceremony.

Records show he does receive visits from relatives and his defence team.

The FBI said it arrested him after a sting operation that featured six oil drums rigged to look like a bomb and placed in a van.

Mohamud has pleaded not guilty to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

PTI