‘Explosion attempt’ on US flight + Passenger caught with explosives on US plane

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Various news organizations’ reports on the incident in Detroit.

Al Jazeera English
Dec. 26, 2009

A reported attempt by a Nigerian man to light an explosive aboard a US passenger aircraft has been described by the White House as “an attempted act of terrorism”.

Abdulmutallab, who was overpowered by passengers and crew of Delta Flight 253, was taken into custody after the jet landed safely in Detroit.

US officials said he appeared to have links to al-Qaeda.

via Al Jazeera English – Americas – ‘Explosion attempt’ on US flight

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‘Terror attempt’ on US aircraft – 26 Dec 09

AlJazeeraEnglish
December 25, 2009

US authorities say a passenger on board a transatlantic flight is in custody after trying to ignite an explosive device on the plane.

The incident happened as the flight made its final descent into the US city of Detroit.

The White House has called it “an attempted act of terrorism”.

Al Jazeera’s Azhar Sukri reports.

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Al-Qaida tried to blow up Detroit-bound plane

Haaretz
Dec. 26, 2009

U.S. authorities believe an incident involving a small explosion aboard a Delta-Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit on Friday was an attempted act of terrorism, a White House official said.

The Transportation Security Administration said the person responsible for the incident was taken into custody and the plane, which departed from Amsterdam, had landed safely in Detroit.

“We believe this was an attempted act of terrorism,” a White House official told Reuters on condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing.

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via U.S.: Al-Qaida tried to blow up Detroit-bound plane – Haaretz – Israel News

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Passenger caught with explosives on US plane

PressTV
Dec. 26, 2009

A Nigerian passenger has attempted to ignite an incendiary device aboard a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, US officials say.

On Friday, a White house official described the incident as an act of terrorism.

The suspected would-be bomber suffered burns as the result of his attempt, and two of the other 277 passengers reported minor injuries, authorities said.

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via Passenger caught with explosives on US plane

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Al-Qaeda Wannabe Lights Actual and Rhetorical Fireworks on Airliner

by Jason Ditz,
Antiwar.com
December 25, 2009

The White House has raised the terror alert level and the Department of Homeland Security has threatened to force Americans to undergo even more onerous airport screenings in the wake of an incident on a Detroit-bound airplane.

But what exactly happened? Initially it was reported that one of the passengers ignited “firecrackers” on the flight, injuring himself bad enough to need medical treatment after the plane landed.

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via Al-Qaeda Wannabe Lights Actual and Rhetorical Fireworks on Airliner — News from Antiwar.com

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Man Attempts To Blow Up Airliner!

MoxNewsDotCom
December 25, 2009

December 25, 2009 BBC World

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“Nigerian” Terrorist try to Blow up US plane!

PolitrickswithKO

Fox News

“Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., identified the suspect as Abdul Mudallad, a Nigerian. King said the flight began in Nigeria and went through Amsterdam en route to Detroit”.

WASHINGTON U.S. officials say a Northwest Airlines passenger from Nigeria said he was acting on behalf of al-Qaida when he tried to blow up a flight Friday as it landed in Detroit.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., identified the suspect as Abdul Mudallad, a Nigerian. King said the flight began in Nigeria and went through Amsterdam en route to Detroit.One of the U.S. intelligence officials said the explosive device was a mix of powder and liquid. It failed when the passenger tried to detonate it.The passenger was being questioned Friday evening.Both of the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing.The motive of the Christmas Day attack was not immediately clear.

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Detroit airliner incident ‘was failed bomb attack’

BBC News

An incident on an airliner arriving in the US city of Detroit from Amsterdam in the Netherlands was a failed bomb attack, senior US officials say.

Sources say a man burnt his leg trying to ignite explosives on the jet, which had 278 passengers and 11 crew aboard, but nobody else was seriously hurt.

In custody, the Nigerian suspect said he had been acting on behalf of al-Qaeda, a police source said.

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The suspect later told the US authorities he had had explosive powder taped to his leg and used a syringe of chemicals to mix with the powder that was to cause explosion, the ABC television network reports.

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via BBC News – Detroit airliner incident ‘was failed bomb attack’.

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