Federal officials suspect that the Nigerian man / would-be terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is tied to the al Quaeda network.
The Nigeria man was subdued and arrested after trying to bring down a Delta Airlines A-330-300 jumbo jetliner that was enroute from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day.
He had explosives hidden under his clothing strapped around his leg after returning back to his seat from one of the craft's bathrooms. The device or lethal powder was originally hidden under special underwear that he wore, at first in front of his private area.
The plane was making its final preps and approach, for it was about to land in Detroit when Umar decided to try to ignite the bomb. The craft landed safely and he was escorted off the vehicle by the Detroit police.
That IS the actual aircraft. It just LOOKS short and stubby because of the way that it was photographed. But his name under the pic ties him with the plane.
Last edited by Daquan13; August 14th, 2010 at 11:38 AM.
I thought it was a promise of 70 virgins
I understood it to be 72.
Do these morons qualify for the Darwin award?
I understand that he might have suffered severe burns as a result of his attempt.
I hope that not one cc., pill, capsule syrup, ointment of painkiller was wasted on this reprehensible human piece of fecal matter.
Seems the important thing now is to get as much info from this guy as possible, and apparently he's talking ....
Yemen says may harbor up to 300 Qaeda suspects
December 29, 2009
LONDON (Reuters) - Yemen's Foreign Minister Abubakr al-Qirbi said on Tuesday there could be up to 300 al Qaeda militants in his country, some of whom may be planning attacks on Western targets.
"Of course there are a number of al Qaeda operatives in Yemen and some of their leaders. We realize this danger," he told BBC radio.
"And they may actually plan for attacks like the one we have just had in Detroit."
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen, has claimed responsibility for Friday's attempted bombing of a Delta Airlines plane as it approached Detroit.
Asked to specify the exact number of al Qaeda operatives, Qirbi replied: "I can't give you really an exact figure. There are maybe hundreds of them: 200, 300 -- I don't have real (hard) figures."
Nigerian suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, charged with trying to blow up the plane on Christmas Day, lived in Yemen from August to December.
He is said to have told the FBI that there are many more like him prepared to carry out such attacks, according to the BBC report.
Qirbi called for proper intelligence-sharing to stop al Qaeda suspects from traveling to Yemen from countries known to be hotbeds of militancy such as Afghanistan and Iraq.
He appealed for more help from the international community to train and equip counter-terrorist forces to neutralize them.
"We have to work in a very joint fashion in partnership to combat terrorism," he said. "If we do that, the problem will be brought under control.
The United States, Britain and the European Union could do much more to improve Yemen's response to counter the threat, he said. "There is some support that is coming, but I must say it is inadequate."
"We need more training, we have to expand our counter-terrorism units and this means providing them with the necessary military equipment and ways of transportation; we are very short of helicopters."
(Reporting by Stefano Ambrogi; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
© Copyright 2009 Thomson Reuters
This boy had a very promising and lucrative caeer, according to the link above.
What went so terribly wrong with him that he wanted to resort to trying to blow up a commercial jetliner?
Here are some more pics of him below. The first 3 show him (wearing the red jacket) with a group of kids (classmates) who he went to London with. He must have been about 13, 14 or 15 back then.
So sad to see a young boy grow up into an Islamic extremist and do something as dispictable as being a suicidal terrorist! All of his adult life is gone now. Like Richard Reid & Zarcarius Mousoauwi, he'll be behind bars for the rest of his life! So sad.
Last edited by Daquan13; January 14th, 2010 at 12:41 AM.
The mind-numbing, tolerance-destroying effects of organized religion. Abrahamic faiths are particularly odious toward others. The same phenomenon that causes Christian freaks to blow up abortion clinics and murder doctors. Or deny equal rights to homosexuals. The same crap that makes Jews think they have some divine right to Palestine, even if they have to murder and imprison generations of non-Jews that were already living there to get what they want. The pure bull sh*t that was used to justify slavery. The same crap that says some will be "saved" while others will not, once Jesus lands his holy space ship in Israel and the "faithful" all rise up in naked rapture. Etc. and etc.What went so terribly wrong with him that he wanted to resort to trying to blow up a commercial jetliner?
These religions are a scourge on the world. We'd be better off with people praying to a bag full of door knobs. Abolish this destructive, ancient nonsense and start educating everybody with real science.
^ MidtownGuy, I'd be interested in hearing what about your post isn't bigoted: that is, targeted at a group you're not a member of.
Since this terrorist wanted to blow himself up, I suggest we simply allow him to do just that. Let's put him in the middle of a field, wire him up with an identical device and set it off. Just before we flip the switch, we tell him, "We are glad to help you, only you can't take out a commercial airliner at the same time. Have a nice life with your 72 virgins, scumbag." Ka-boom! One less terrorist to worry about.
Oh, wait a minute, I must have been dreaming. What was I thinking? This fine, upstanding gentleman is innocent of all charges and must be afforded due process. And a Koran. And a prayer rug. And food. And shelter. And protection. And a television interview with Diane Sawyer.
It's really not very useful, just a provocative word to throw around. (which is fine, as my post was provocative as well.)
We're all bigots in some sense.
The Abrahamic interpretations that so many extremists are following seem to all have a horribly intolerant idea in common: that one's own name for a Supreme entity and one's own way of honoring that entity is the only righteous one. That others are damned or going to some kind of cosmic waiting room. Regarding Christianity I will say this...it's a pity so many Christians today pay so much attention to hateful outdated elements of the Old Testament and to the harmful ideas of an organized Church, and so little attention to the actual meaning of the message of Christ the historical figure.
That has to be one of the funniest and well thought out post I've ever read. Have a Happy and safe New Year, Bob.Originally Posted by Bob
There'll be more indignities for the passenger to endure.
I remember when airline travel was so classy.