The Nigerian man who tried to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight travelling to Detroit from Amsterdam on Christmas Day has been formally charged.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was charged with attempting to destroy the aircraft with an explosive that was attached to his body.
US media have cited unnamed security officials as saying that the suspect has confessed that Al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen trained him for the mission.
They say the suspect told them the attack was planned in Yemen by Al Qaeda members. They sewed an explosive device into his underwear. And told him to blow up the plane as it approached Detroit so that it would produce more casualties and collateral damage on the ground if it crashed into a densely populated area.
As investigations continue, British police have searched addresses in London, including an upscale mansion flat where the suspect is believed to have lived while studying in the city. He was said to be a student of mechanical engineering at University College London between 2005 and 2008.
RIP MARYAM BABANGIDA
Former First Lady and founder of the Better Life for Rural Women,
Mrs. Maryam Babangida, is dead.She died at City Hope Hospital, California, United States of America, at 12 noon Nigerian local time, with her husband of over three decades, General Ibrahim Babangida, beside her sick bed.
Maryam, 61, who celebrated her last birthday on her sick bed on November 1, in the American Hospital, battled with Ovarian Cancer before she lost the out yesterday, after three months in the hospital.
May her soul R.I.P