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'Clock bomb' arrest boy accepts 'incredible opportunity' to study in Qatar

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 21/10/2015 | 13:53

Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old who was arrested at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas for allegedly bringing a hoax bomb to school, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old who was arrested at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas for allegedly bringing a hoax bomb to school, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Selfie respect: John Grunsfeld, Nasa's Science Mission Directorate associate administrator, takes a photo with Ahmed Mohamed, right, at the White House (AP)

The US teenager who was arrested after taking a homemade clock to school has accepted a scholarship to study in Doha.

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Fourteen-year-old Ahmed Mohamed's family announced his plans only a few hours after he attended the White House for an astronomy night hosted by President Barack Obama.

The boy became a global sensation after his highly publicised arrest in September, and a twitter hashtag #IStandWithAhmed went viral.

Ahmed has accepted an offer from the Qatar Foundation to study in its 'Young Innovators Programme'.

"This means, that we, as a family, will relocate to Qatar where Ahmed will receive a full scholarship for secondary and undergraduate education," his family remarked.

The now famous teenager visited Doha earlier this month while on a world tour.

During his travels he visited a number of foreign dignitaries, including Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

"I was really impressed with everything that Qatar Foundation has to offer and the campuses are really cool.

"I got to meet other kids who are also really interested in science and technology.

"I think I will learn a lot and also have lots of fun there," Ahmed said.

At the White House on Monday night, President Obama briefly met with Ahmed when he shook hands with him and gave him a hug.

Obama had pledged his support for the teenager in the hours following his arrest tweeting :

"Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great."

"It was amazing, and a honour meeting President Obama," Ahmed said.

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