Nigerian Tries To Blow Up Aircraft

A Nigerian man believed to be linked to al Qaeda militants is in custody after he tried to ignite an explosive device on a U.S. passenger plane as it approached Detroit on 25 December 2009. The man originated from Lagos and changed planes in Amsterdam.

A local website identifies the man as Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab.

Nigerian Vice President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the country’s security agencies to investigate the apparent attempted attack on a U.S. passenger plane.

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