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.
Go figure on Christmas Day huh?
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Answer by mancosmomma at 9:40 PM on Dec. 25, 2009
LOL, mancos. I totally agree. How is it that it isn't clear? I guess they are so afraid of feeding any machine that they come off very passive. Although, I guess it would be irresponsible to claim to know, they certainly could have worded that statement differently. There is such a movement to claim any and every person in media as fear mongering or the like. Although, DH was flipping through channels and stopped on FOX and it said that WH was admitting that this was an attempted terrorist attack, so at least they are admitting that much.
My thoughts are with those that were on that flight and likely saw their lives flash before their eyes. I can't imagine how thankful they must feel just to be alive.
Answer by QuinnMae at 9:51 PM on Dec. 25, 2009