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Hero Jasper Schuringa defeats terror attack on flight 253!

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Terror on flight

253 as British

student ignites

explosive


By Adrian Butler,

Will Payne,

Suzannah Hills and

Sabi Pahgura


___December 27th, 2009


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Terror on flight 253


A wealthy British student

who tried to blow up a packed

airliner in a Christmas Day terror

attack was stopped by a hero passenger

who wrestled him to the ground.


Known Muslim extremist

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23,

was trying to set off a powdered explosive

strapped to the inside of his leg with

a chemical-filled syringe.


But brave filmmaker Jasper Schuringa,

flung himself on the would-be suicide

bomber as flames and smoke shot

out of the device.

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Jasper put out the flames

with his bare hands –

suffering burns –

and got the terrorist in a stranglehold

before dragging him to the

front of the plane.


Cabin crew sprayed him

with a fire extinguisher…

and Jasper was applauded by passengers.


Last night it emerged

fanatic Abdulmutallab –

who had studied engineering in

London and lived in a £3million

flat in one of the capital’s most

exclusive areas –

was formally charged by the FBI

with trying to blow up a plane.


US District Judge Paul Borman

read him his charges at the University

of Michigan Medical Center after

agents brought Abdulmutallab into

the room in a wheelchair.


The judge asked him if he

understood the charges against him.

He said in English:

“Yes, I do.”

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He is accused of trying to ignite

an explosive device in mid-air,

thought to be PETN,

which was used by failed

shoe- bomber Richard Reid in 2001.


And in a major embarrassment

for the US security services,

it emerged Abdulmutallab had been

on an FBI watch list for two years

and was refused a British student

visa by the UK Border Agency in May

after applying to re-enter the country

to study at a bogus college.

Six months ago his father Alhaji,

who used to be chairman of a major

Nigerian bank,

told US authorities he was worried

his son might be a terrorist.


Last night he said he was surprised

his son had been allowed to fly to

the US on a valid visa.


British anti-terror police will today

continue searching Abdulmutallab’s

flat and two other properties in

Mansfield Street in Fitzrovia,

central London.

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They were due to interview friends,

colleagues and tutors who may have

known at University College London,

which he left in June 2008

after three years study.


President Barack Obama ordered US

airlines to tighten security immediately –

limiting passengers to one item of

hand luggage and extra checks –

as urgent questions were asked about

how Abdulmutallab came so close to

blowing the Airbus A330

out of the sky.


British air travellers can expect chaos,

with longer queues, body and bag

checks and instructions not to leave

their seats for an hour before landing

on all US-bound flights.


The drama unfolded as Northwest

Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam

to Detroit was preparing to land at

Wayne County Airport at 11.40am

local time.


Abdulmutallab had flown from

Nigeria for the flight to Detroit,

changing at busy Schiphol airport

in Amsterdam.

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He waited on the nine-hour

flight from Holland –

which passed over the UK –

to explode his bomb

above American soil.


Witnesses told the FBI the

would-be bomber had gone to

the aeroplane toilet for 20 minutes

before coming out holding a

pillow over his stomach.


As he sat down he told passengers

he had a stomach upset then pulled

a blanket over his body,

according to an affidavit

filed by investigators.


Someone sitting next to him said

they heard a “pop” like a firecracker

and smelled a strange odour.


Hero Jasper, 32,

speaking with his badly-burned

hands bandaged,

said he rushed towards Abdulmutallab

after seeing him try to ignite the bomb.

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He said:

“Suddenly, we hear a bang.

It sounded like a firecracker

went off.

When it went off,

everybody panicked.

Then someone screamed,

‘Fire! Fire!’.”


From his seat near the bomber Jasper,

from Amsterdam,

dived out of his chair.


He said:

“I saw smoke rising from a seat.

I didn’t hesitate.

I just jumped.”


He got to Abdulmutallab’s economy

window seat and saw fire spreading

over the terrorist,

who had third-degree burns.


He said:

“There were flames coming

from beneath his legs.

I searched his body parts

and he had his pants open.

He had something

strapped to his legs.”


Jasper ripped the object,

which looked like a small,

white shampoo bottle,

from Abdulmutallab’s left leg

then put out the fire with his

bare hands before yelling for water.


Another passenger said he heard

“Afghanistan” shouted in the scuffle.


As the crew brought extinguishers,

Jasper held Abdulmutallab in a

headlock and dragged him

down the aisle.

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Jasper said:

“I took him in a choke

to the first class and all

the people were like, ‘

What’s going on?’.”


Officers said cabin crew asked

Abdulmutallab if he had anything

in his pockets and he reportedly

said he had an explosive device.


He was calm throughout

the scuffle and,

after being handcuffed,

stared impassively ahead.


Jasper said afterwards:

“I don’t feel like a hero.

It was something that

came completely naturally –

I had to do something

before it was too late.”


After landing, the plane was

sent to a remote part of the airport

and surrounded by fire engines

and ambulances.

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The bomb squad sent in a

remote-controlled robot to assess

damage or danger from bombs.


Passengers were not allowed to

get off the plane for five hours.


Officers later found a damaged

syringe and traces of a powder,

pentaerythritol,

which can be used as the basis

for an PETN when mixed with acid.

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PETN is normally used as a

detonator as it only makes a

small blast.


It could have damaged the jet,

causing a crash.


After leaving London in 2008

Abdulmutallab is thought to have

gone to the Yemen,

a hotbed of terrorist sympathisers.


He broke off contact with his

father and other family.

His father Alhaji,

a former Nigerian First

Bank chairman,

said he had reported his son in

June to the US embassy in the

the capital Abuja and to Nigerian

security services after becoming

concerned about his

“extreme religious views”.

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Years earlier,

while a pupil at the British

International school in Lome,

Togo,

schoolmates said he shocked them

with his extreme views on Islam –

but was accepted on to a Duke

of Edinburgh Award course in 2004.


Prime Minister Gordon Brown

said he would take

“whatever action was necessary”

to find the group behind the bomb,

as Nigeria’s government launched

its own investigation.


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