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December 29th, 2009
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Source: Explosive sewn in underwear

Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab is accused of trying to blow up an airliner as it landed in Detroit on Christmas.

Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab is accused of trying to blow up an airliner as it landed in Detroit on Christmas.

Romulus, Michigan (CNN) - Part of an explosive device that failed to take down a plane last week was sewn into the underwear of the Nigerian man accused of igniting it, a law enforcement official told CNN Monday.

Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab is being held for allegedly trying to blow up a flight carrying 300 passengers on Christmas Day.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility Monday for the attack, saying it was in retaliation for alleged U.S. strikes on Yemeni soil.

In a message written in Arabic, dated Saturday and published Monday on radical Islamist Web sites, the group hailed the "brother" who carried out the "heroic attack."

The group said it tested "new kind of explosives" in the attack and hailed the fact that the explosives "passed through security."

"There was a technical problem that resulted in a non-complete explosion," the message said.


A preliminary FBI analysis found that the device AbdulMutallab is said to have carried aboard the flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Detroit, Michigan, contained pentaerythritol tetranitrate, an explosive also known as PETN. The amount of explosive was sufficient to blow a hole in the aircraft, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN Sunday.

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  1. Betty Pierson

    Please explain why the word "alledgedly" is used regarding the attempted Christmas bomb failure?

    December 30, 2009 at 8:17 am |
  2. ONYEMAECHI ODOEMELAM

    I am a Nigerian living here in the United States. All my life I have lived with Muslims back home in Nigeria and have interacted with others across the globe. These are individuals that believe, it is a religious duty to take the lives of infidels (unbelievers).
    These are also individuals whom you could spend your whole life with, as neighbors, but they would not hesitate, in a twinkle of an eye, "SLAUGHTER" pregnant women, cutting open their stomachs, and decapitating the unborn fetus. These are the horrible acts we have witnessed and experienced. Make no mistake about this, it has been and will continue to be, the deep seethed hatred between Isaac and Ishmael, Christians and Muslims, Good and Evil! It is time that America faces the truth, as long as we are perceived as unbelievers by these Muslims, they will at the slightest excuse or pretense, seek to destroy all Infidels.
    I speak from my wealth of experience not because of my religious inclination. I am mostly afraid of the enemy within than the ones beyond. This ugly trend of recruiting foes as friends within, to destroy us, MUST be nipped at the bud. I leave you to draw your own conclusions. "Tomorrow indeed is pregnant"

    And please, you guys should stop presenting this guy from Nigeria as someone lonely or with some Psychological problems. He is simply a cold calculating killer. I am a Nigerian, and kids from rich homes are never lonely. He is the 15th child in his family, so he can’t be lonely, don't be fooled. I will not be surprised If he has not taken life before. Dig more into his background and see if he has been involved in secret cult activities in Nigeria. His FATHER may not have told it all! ` The CNN reporter should not interview the people in Kaduna, they will not give him any information.

    December 30, 2009 at 6:22 am |
  3. A. Smith, Oregon

    IF that man did not have a passport, the ONLY WAY he got on that plane was by a US Diplomat or a US Governmental Agent pushing him past the Amsterdam security staff and onto that plane which was DESCRIBED by two passengers on that same flight. Not even a flight steward would allow anyone on a international flight without a passport.

    Americans should DEMAND the photos of that US Agent or US Diplomat taken at the Amsterdam International Gate be released.

    December 29, 2009 at 3:54 pm |