US Found Out About Bomber's Terrorist Links as He Flew

Abdulmutallab was to be detained in Detroit

By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 6, 2010 7:41 PM CST

(Newser) – US authorities learned of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s links to Islamic extremists while the would-be bomber was aboard a Detroit-bound plane, the Los Angeles Times reports, and planned to question him when it landed. Intelligence officials have certainly gotten the chance—but only after passengers on Northwest Flight 253 stifled Abdulmutallab’s attempt to detonate explosives hidden in his underwear.

This image taken from a Web site frequently used by militants purports to show Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.
This image taken from a Web site frequently used by militants purports to show Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.   (AP Photo/IntelCenter)
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