A young Nigerian man was taken into custody for an alleged attempt to blow up an airplane on Christmas Day.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab boarded a plane flying into Detroit, Mich. carrying an explosive device.
According to a CNN article, he was arrested and now faces criminal charges of attempting to destroy the plane and placing a destructive device on the aircraft.
Abdulmutallab had a multi-entry visa into the United States. But the 23-year-old was added to a watch list of 550,000 potential terrorists.
Abdulmutallab’s father – Umar Abdulmutallab – stated he contacted the National Counter-Terrorism Center providing information about his son and shared his concerns of what his son was capable of.
Abdulmatallum’s family further stated that he was studying abroad in London when he disappeared and no longer communicated with them.
His father claimed Abdulmutallab’s new attitude was something the family had never seen before. He further claimed that Farouk was becoming “radicalized” and he felt that his son was planning something.
He also contacted the U.S Embassy in Nigeria to alert them of his son.
A U.S. official stated that the embassy flagged his visa so when he tried to renew it in six months they could investigate his visa renewal.
But he was never stopped or questioned before he boarded the plane.
When Abdulmatallum boarded the flight leaving Nigeria; he went through “regular screening.” He walked through a metal detector and his bag went through an x-ray machine.
He flew into Amsterdam and went through a second screening.
Next Abdulmatallum boarded Northwest Airlines Flight 253 to Detroit. There were 290 passengers on board. He injected chemicals into the explosive device that authorities say he had hidden in his underwear.
The bomb device contained an explosive chemical called pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN). He had enough of the explosive to blow a huge hole in the side of the plane.
According to a CNN article – passengers heard a popping noise on the plane and then saw his seat go up in flames.
The passengers were able to put out the fire and tackle him before any further issues could arise.
Abdulmutallab was taken to a nearby hospital to treat his injury burns and was released into the custody of a U.S. Marshall – as of now he has been taken to an undisclosed location.
The bomb is said to be from Yemen and according an LA Times article, the Yemen sector of Al Qaeda has claimed to be behind the bomb attempt.