Friday, December 25, 2009
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A Nigerian man with supposed ties to Al-Qaeda was subdued by passengers and subsequently arrested by police after the bomb he brought on board the flight failed to detonate properly. Northwest flight 253 was headed to Detroit from Amsterdam when the suspect Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab, an engineering student from London attempted to detonate a homemade explosive device just before touchdown at Detroit Wayne County Airport. The device ignited, but did not explode. Passengers and crew who witnessed the incident quickly subdued the man. The suspect received second and third degree burns from the incident. Reports that another passenger aboard the plane also received burns has not been confirmed.
After the plane was escorted to an isolated part of the runway the passengers were 'deplaned' and individually screened by police. The alleged bomber was taken to University of Michigan Medical Centre where he has been questioned by police. His claims that this attack was part of a larger scheme being conducted by Al-Qaeda have not yet been confirmed. Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab is on the U.S. anti-terror watch list, but was not on the no-fly list because the feds were waiting for more evidence.
President Barack Obama, who is vacationing in Hawaii was notified earlier today. He hastily scheduled conference calls with advisers with Homeland Security and counter-terrorism chief, John Brennan. The president asked that enhanced security measures be enacted immediately to prevent another such attack. These measures could significantly hamper holiday travelers.