Second Threat On Northwest Airline

December 27, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Fears of a new terror threat at the Detroit Airport where an attacker failed to set off an explosion on Christmas day sent shock waves through the defense community Sunday. Just two days after the failed terror attack on Northwest Flight 253 another incident on the same flight to Detroit. The crew reported a passenger claiming food poisoning had locked himself in the bathroom and become belligerent. FBI agents and local police swarmed the plane when it landed.

The all clear was given after authorities determined the man was indeed ill. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab the man accused in the Christmas terror attack was moved from the University of Michigan hospital Sunday morning where he was being treated for burns wounds. He is being housed in eastern, Michigan under the custody of federal marshals.

Monday, Abdulmutallab faces a federal court hearing during which prosecutors will seek to obtain DNA samples. Sources tell ABC News he will NOT appear at the hearing instead he will be represented by his attorney. Officials continued their investigation into what they say was a terror plot to blow up northwest Flight 253 organized by al-Qaeda in Yemen. Investigators believe Abdul Muttallab was connected to al-Qaeda by the radical cleric Anwar Awlaki, who is linked to the American Army Major accused of opening fire at Fort Hood.

"All the roads point back to Yemen, they point Back to Awlaki, I think it is a pretty deadly combination. A senior us offical told ABC that Abdulmutallab's father told the us embassy in Nigeria in the last six months his son had become radicalized and could pose a threat to the U.S.," said Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R) Michegan.

"If we had had specific information that would have put him on the selectee list or indeed on the no-fly list, he would not have gotten on the plane. Abdulmutallab was put on a terror watch list of more than 500,000 people but his visa was not revoked and he was not put on a no-fly list," said Janet Napolitano Homeland Security Secretary.

There were tense moments after the Christmas terror suspect told investigators he was part of a "larger plot" and that he believed there were other potential bombers on similar missions.


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