Mudallah, 23, allegedly tried to detonate explosives strapped to his leg. The device is believed be a powder and liquid mixture. The Nigerian flew KLM Flight 588 from Nigeria to Amsterdam where he boarded Flight 253, a Northwest Airbus 330 with 278 passengers.
According to ABC News, the suspect told authorities that he had explosive
powder taped to his leg and used a syringe of chemicals to detonate the
Syed Jafry, of Holland, Michigan, told the Detroit News that he was sitting in
the 16th row when he heard “a pop and saw some smoke and fire”. Mr Jafry
said that people ran out of their seats to tackle the suspect.
Dawn Griffith, from Pontiac, Michigan, who was waiting to meet a passenger,
told the newspaper that she saw a “young looking” man being taken from the
airport handcuffed to a stretcher with his hands bandaged.
Peter Smith, a witness describes the scene aboard the flight:
The man was “subdued immediately,” Elliott said. Northwest is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta.
“There was one guy, who sat on the other side, the right side of the
wing because this was on the left side of the wing, and he jumped over
the other people and he took care of it,” said passenger Peter Smith.
The suspect told authorities that he had explosive powder taped
to his leg and used a syringe of chemicals to mix with the powder that
was to cause explosion. This is of concert because it is a method of
mixing that is consistent with terror techniques.
There are unconfirmed reports that some passengers were injured. Mudallad is believed to have second degree burns. Naturally, the U.S. would be merciful to a man desperate to kill American infidels:
The Nigerian suspect suffered second-degree burns and was being treated at the
University of Michigan Medical Centre, where authorities were questioning
him. On landing, the Northwest flight was directed to an isolated part of
the Detroit airport as police and firemen responded.
Mudallad or Abdulmutallab is believed to be an engineering student at University College London. He allegedly claimed he was following instructions from al-Qaeda, and indeed, he is on a US “watch-List” according to this report, but…not on a no-fly list!!! ABC News reports he was flying from Nigeria to the US for a “religious seminar,” according to his entry visa which was issued in on June 16, 2008 – and get this, it was good until June 12, 2010.
Photo of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, courtesy of Reuters (an undated photo)
Photo credit of Northwest Flt. 253: J.P. Karas/AP
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (Abdul Matallad) was officially charged with trying to blow up the Northwest airliner on Christmas Day – placing a destructive device on Flight 253.
The video below reports that a wall of the plane was on fire.
The egregious Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano believes
this attempted bombing has no connection to a wider plan of attacks on
the U.S. – displaying here long-held belief that accusations of
terrorism are offensive to the worldview.
Abdulmutallab’s father, Umaru Mutallab, says he reported his son to the
American Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria because he feared his son had been
Related and Background:
Noteworthy News on Abdulmutallab: Eric Holder’s Federal not Military Court
Other Airline Terrorists:
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