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Detroit, MI - Photos Of Underwear Bomb Revealed

Published on: December 29, 2009 08:28 AM
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The underwear which contained an explosive packet used on a failed plot to blow up Northwest Flight 253. [Photo: ABC News Undated]Detroit, MI - Photographs of the charred remains of explosives sewn into underwear allegedly worn by 23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on a Detroit-bound Christmas flight were revealed Monday.

The bomb, seen for the first time, is reported to have contained a six-inch pack of highly-explosive powder called PETN sewn into the briefs, weighing about 80 grams.

According to ABC News, a government test with 50 grams of PETN blew a hole in the side of an airliner — the same amount carried by so-called shoe bomber Richard Reid over Christmas in 2001.

A global search for accomplices in the Detroit airliner plot is under way after an Al Qaeda group based in Yemen claimed responsibility for the operation and the would-be bomber was reported to have said that more attacks were being planned.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a terrorist cell led by a former personal secretary to Usama bin Laden, issued a statement saying that the failed attack by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was a response to American-backed airstrikes on the group in Yemen this month.

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Yemeni government forces, acting on U.S. intelligence and using what officials have admitted was American military hardware, launched air raids on suspected militants in the east of the country on December 17 and again on December 24. At least 60 people were believed to have been killed.

Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old Nigerian who set himself alight in a packed Northwest jet approaching Detroit on Christmas Day, bought his one-way ticket from a KLM office in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, on December 16, indicating that his attack was planned well before these latest air raids. A U.S. military effort to deny Al Qaeda a stronghold in Yemen has been under way for at least a year.

The fresh-faced engineering graduate was transferred yesterday from hospital in Detroit to a federal prison in Milan, Michigan, where agents questioning him said he told them that he was one of many bombers being groomed by the Yemeni Al Qaeda affiliate to attack American-bound aircraft, according to ABC News.

Yemeni authorities confirmed Monday that Abdulmutallab had been in the country since August



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 Dec 29, 2009 at 08:37 AM Anonymous Says:

scary....

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 Dec 29, 2009 at 09:22 AM Anonymous Says:

If he would have been chas vshaloem successful what would he be able to do with the 72 virgins?

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 Dec 29, 2009 at 09:38 AM Anonymous Says:

they have to check everybodys underware

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 Dec 29, 2009 at 09:11 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

scary....

Utah eitzah vsufar......ki emanu kel

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 Dec 29, 2009 at 09:53 AM Anonymous Says:

Is that Hanes?

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 Dec 29, 2009 at 10:16 AM AH Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Is that Hanes?

No, probably Fruit of the "Loon."

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 Dec 29, 2009 at 11:08 AM Moral of Story Says:

The moral here is to wear clean underwear, unless you want your dirty underwear aired in public.

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 Dec 29, 2009 at 02:31 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

they have to check everybodys underware

not necessarily. I bet the metal detector went off, but after waving the wand quickly, they probly just let him right through.

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 Dec 29, 2009 at 04:10 PM Anonymous Says:

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Moral of Story Says:

The moral here is to wear clean underwear, unless you want your dirty underwear aired in public.

I was thinking the same thing. Yeshiva guys living in the dorm, beware!

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 Dec 29, 2009 at 05:10 PM ZR Says:

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Anonymous Says:

not necessarily. I bet the metal detector went off, but after waving the wand quickly, they probly just let him right through.

The metal detector is useless for this plastic explosive. Metal detectors are basically outdated. It’s like trying to fight 21st centaury battle with WW2 technology. What is needed is full body scans and explosive detectors.

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 Dec 30, 2009 at 04:15 AM me Says:

Who's bright idea was it to announce to our enemies that test indicated that 50 grams of PETN would blow a hole in the side of an airlines, so they knew to pack 80 grams just in case? The news agency that publicized that should be tried for aiding and abetting the enemy. .

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 Dec 30, 2009 at 07:15 PM Anonymous Says:

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me Says:

Who's bright idea was it to announce to our enemies that test indicated that 50 grams of PETN would blow a hole in the side of an airlines, so they knew to pack 80 grams just in case? The news agency that publicized that should be tried for aiding and abetting the enemy. .

It's an open world today, with a few strokes on your keyboard you can learn how to build an atom bomb.

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