Nigerian Suspected in Airline Bombing PlotA prominent Nigerian banker says he's meeting with security officials because he fears his son may have tried to bomb a Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit.
UNDATED (AP) - A prominent Nigerian banker says he's meeting
with security officials because he fears his son may have tried to
bomb a Northwest Airlines flight to Detroit.
He says he's traveling from his home in Nigeria's
Muslim-dominated north to talk with officials in the country's
capital. He says his son had been studying in London.
Meanwhile, counterterrorism officials are trying to figure out
how the suspect managed to get an explosive mixture on board
yesterday's flight from Amsterdam.
The device fizzled when the suspect tried to detonate it and he
was subdued by fellow passengers aboard the Northwest Airlines
flight. Law enforcement officials say the man appeared to be badly
burned on his legs, indicating the explosive was strapped there.
Officials say the components were apparently mixed in-flight and
included a powdery substance.
The investigation is spreading across three continents. In
Yemen, authorities are checking into the Nigerian suspect's claims
that he picked up the explosive device and instructions in that
Meanwhile, University College London says a student by the
suspect's name studied engineering there. London police say they're
working with U.S. investigators on the case. Also today,
authorities have been conducting a search at an apartment building
where the suspect is said to have lived.