Sep 30th, 2012
The notorious underwear bomber who tried to bring down a jumbo jet on Christmas Day had a dirty little secret – he’d been wearing the explosive skivvies for weeks. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab wore them for three weeks to be exact, and it may have been the reason why he was unsuccessful in h...
May 9th, 2012
The al-Qaeda operative tasked with carrying a high-tech new “underpants” bomb onto a US-bound jet was in fact an agent working for the CIA and Arab intelligence agencies, it emerged last night. The agent penetrated al-Qaeda’s deadly affiliate Yemen and tracked the bomb’s movem...
Feb 17th, 2012
Detroit – The family of a Nigerian man sentenced to life in prison for trying to destroy an international jetliner says the case brought them “tremendous shock”. Nine members of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s family travelled to Detroit but did not attend Thursday’s hearing...
In Hottest News
Feb 16th, 2012
A Nigerian man accused of trying to bomb a US-bound flight on Christmas Day 2009 has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 25, pleaded guilty to attempting to blow up a commercial plane as a would-be suicide mission for al-Qaeda. His family quickly called on the ...
In Crime & Corruption
Feb 14th, 2012
Abuja – Nigeria’s corrupt police force acts on the whims of the highest bidder and officers carry out extra-judicial killings and torture, the acting inspector general of police said. President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered a complete overhaul of the police and sacked the former inspector...
Oct 12th, 2011
The court heard today dramatic details of how passengers screamed in terror at the young Nigerian accused of attempting to detonate a bomb in his underwear to bring down a jetliner. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Tuckel described Umar Farouk Abdulmattab as an alleged al Qaeda member who calmly atte...
Mar 24th, 2011
An Al Qaeda operative behind the failed Christmas Day bombing chose to target Detroit because flights elsewhere were too expensive, it has emerged. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly smuggled a packet of explosives on board the Amsterdam-Detroit plane by sewing it into the crotch of his underpants. ...
In WikiLeaks Cables
Dec 19th, 2010
A senior government official in Yemen warned US diplomats that poor security at the country’s main store of radioactive products could allow dangerous material to fall into the hands of terrorists, according to a leaked US embassy cable. The official told the Americans that the lone guard stand...