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Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab accused of terror aboard an Airbus330!

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By Web Staff


___December 26th, 2009


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Romulus, Michigan (CNN)

A passenger on an international

flight bound for the United States

Friday ignited a small explosive

device shortly before landing in

a move the White House called

an attempted terrorist attack,

a senior administration

official said.


Another passenger on the

Northwest flight from Amsterdam,

Netherlands,

to Detroit, Michigan,

quickly helped subdue

and isolate the young male suspect

with the aid of the cabin crew,

passenger Syed Jafry said.


The suspect,

identified by a U.S. government

official as 23-year-old Umar

Farouk Abdulmutallab,

was placed in custody and is being

treated for second- and third-degree

burns on his thighs,

according to federal law enforcement

and airline security sources.

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The sources said the suspect

flew into Schiphol Airport in

Amsterdam on a KLM flight

from Lagos, Nigeria,

and is not believed to be on any

“no fly” list,

although his name does appear

in a U.S. database of people

with suspect connections.


He did not undergo secondary

security screening in Amsterdam,

the administration official said.


The administration official said

there was no evidence that

Abdulmatallab was a hard-core,

trained member of al-Qaeda.


The suspect,

identified as a Nigerian national,

claimed to have extremist ties

and said the explosive device

“was acquired in Yemen along

with instructions as to when

it should be used,”

said a federal security bulletin

obtained by CNN.


The FBI is investigating,

bureau spokeswoman

Sandra Berchtold said.


The remains of the device

used are being sent to an FBI

explosives lab in Quantico,

Virginia,

for analysis,

the sources said.

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President Obama,

who is spending the holidays

in his home state of Hawaii,

was briefed on the incident during

a secure phone call with aides,

and instructed in a subsequent

discussion with security advisers

“that all appropriate measures

be taken to increase security

for air travel,”

said White House spokesman

Bill Burton.


The president made no

changes to his schedule,

Burton said.


The Department of Homeland

Security issued a statement Friday

saying that air passengers

“may notice additional screening

measures put into place to ensure

the safety of the traveling public on

domestic and international flights.”


Passengers described the brief

moments of panic on board as

screams erupted and flight

attendants ran for fire extinguishers.


Jafry,

who was sitting in seat 16G,

said the plane was just beginning

to descend when passengers

heard a pop.

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“Everybody got a little bit startled,”

he said.

“After a few seconds or so …

there was …

kind of a flamish light

and there was fire”

and people around the immediate

area began to panic.


One woman told CNN affiliate

WDIV that a man threw a

blanket over the suspect’s legs

to help put out the small fire.


“It was terrifying,”

Richelle Keepman said.

“I think we all thought we

weren’t going to land,

we weren’t going to make it.”


Passenger Elias Fawaz told

WDIV that the explosion sounded

“like a balloon being popped”

and said he could smell smoke.

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Jafry said the incident was

under control within minutes,

crediting the crew and nearby

passengers for the rapid response.


One person was taken to the

University of Michigan Medical

Center in Ann Arbor,

hospital spokeswoman

Tracy Justice said.


“All passengers have deplaned

and out of an abundance of caution,

the plane was moved

to a remote area,”

where the plane and

baggage were rescreened,

the Transportation Security

Administration said in a statement.

Passengers were interviewed by

law enforcement authorities

before being allowed to leave

the airport.

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No other suspicious materials

were found on the plane

or in luggage,

the law enforcement and

airline security sources said.


The suspect had only

carry-on luggage.


Another passenger on the

Northwest flight transferred

from the same KLM flight in

Amsterdam but officials found

no connection between the two,

the sources said.


The plane,

an Airbus 330,

landed shortly before noon.


It was carrying 278 passengers.


Delta is the parent

company of Northwest.

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