Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab: Northwest Flight 253 Attack

Hero passengers may have helped thwart a terror attack on Northwest Flight 253 involving Nigerian man Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab in the United States Christmas Day 2009.

A man named Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab, identified as a "London student," has attempted to explode a home made bomb device on a Christmas Day flight from Amsterdam as it landed in Detroit, Michigan.

23-year-old Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab of Nigerian nationality is alleged to have attempted to ignite explosive powder strapped to his legs with a syringe filled with chemicals.

It's reported that Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab, sitting in seat 19A, tried to bring down Northwest Flight 253 acquired the explosives in Yemen.

A passenger named Syed Jafri on Flight 253 told CNN Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab was sitting in seat and “saw a glow, and noticed a smoke smell. Then a young man behind me jumped on him.”

Flight 253 passanger, Dutchman Peter Smith, seated five rows behind Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab said, "First there was a pop, and then was smoke."

"Next thing you know, there was a lot of panic."

Reports said Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab had been taking to hospital with serious burn injuries to his lower body.

2 other passangers who sat near Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab as he detonated his explosive device were treated for injuries, though they were not serious.

US Intelligence officials also said Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab had claimed to have links with notorious terror group Al Qaeda.

Later, repots said Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab was a University engineering student at University College London, England.

It's believed Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab was flying via Nigeria on a visa approved earlier this year. Terror experts said it may have been possible for Abdul Mutallab to get the explosive components on board due to lax security at airports in Africa, and catch a connecting flight to the US via Holland.

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1 Response to "Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab: Northwest Flight 253 Attack"

Usman Ali said... December 28, 2009 at 1:58 PM

I think the security system on airport is not weak. Such thing occurs due to the carelessness of the security forces.
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