Northwest Airlines Flight 253: Islamic terrorist tries to set of explosive aboard passenger plane

From The National Post

Attempted plane bomber has Al-Qaeda ties

Published: Friday, December 25, 2009

DETROIT — A Nigerian man linked to al Qaeda tried to set off an explosive device aboard a U.S. passenger plane as it approached Detroit on Friday, but was overpowered by passengers and crew and the plane landed safely, U.S. officials said.

The suspect suffered third degree burns and was taken into custody. The passengers, two of whom suffered minor injuries, left the Delta Air Lines plane, which had departed from Amsterdam.

“We believe this was an attempted act of terrorism,” a White House official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. President Barack Obama is on vacation in Hawaii and was monitoring the situation.

Representative Peter King, who sits on the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, said the explosive device was “fairly sophisticated,” and the suspect was a 23-year-old Nigerian.

“When it did go off, he himself was seriously injured. He has third degree burns. … It appears to be different from what we’ve encountered before,” Mr. King told Fox News.

Speaking to CNN, King, a New York Republican, said the suspect “did appear in a database as far as having a terrorist connection.”

“My understanding is … that he does have al Qaeda connections, certainly extremist terrorist connections, and his name popped up pretty quickly” in a search of intelligence data bases, Mr. King said.

2 Replies to “Northwest Airlines Flight 253: Islamic terrorist tries to set of explosive aboard passenger plane”

  1. Homeland Security really failed on this one! 1) Nigeria is one of the Shengen countries, 2) he bought a one-way ticket (major red flag) and 3) he had a one-way ticket to the U.S. and 4) he was on the WATCH LIST….. The TSA’s in AMS and Homeland Security really failed on this one….

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