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Incident on NWA Flight 253? Update: suspect claims al Qaeda direction; Update: An attempted act of terror

By Michelle Malkin  •  December 25, 2009 03:45 PM

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Via BNONews, a passenger on Detroit-bound NWA Flight 253 was arrested in what MAY have been an attempted hijacking. Also reports that the suspect may have attenpted to light something.

TSA and FBI investigating.

Update: MSNBC retracting story, according to BNONews.

FoxNews and other reporting the arrested passenger lit firecrackers. ABC News reporting incident involved powdery substance.

Update: Nigerian suspect claims he was directed by al Qaeda, according to ABC News.

Reminiscent of Shoe Bomber Richard Reid, no?



In what was described as an act of terrorism, a Nigerian passenger attempted to ignite an incendiary device aboard a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Friday as the plane began its approach for landing, federal officials said. The plane landed safely shortly before noon local time.

The suspected would-be bomber suffered burns as the result of his attempt, and two of the other 277 passengers reported minor injuries, authorities said. FBI agents were investigating the incident, which a White House official said was believed to be terrorism.

“He was trying to ignite some kind of incendiary device,” said a federal anti-terrorism official, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case. “He lit himself on fire and he’s suffered some burns.”

The official did not reveal the nature of the explosive device and said it was too early to say how potent or sophisticated it was. The passenger has been identified as a Nigerian who began traveling from Nigeria and caught the flight in Amsterdam, the anti-terrorism official said.

Victim card/lone nut card in 3, 2, 1…

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