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It has now emerged that the 23-year-old Nigerian who attempted to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight in the US bought a KLM ticket in Ghana on December 16, 2009.
Information available in the international media say Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab travelled to Ethiopia and Ghana where records show he bought a $2,831 ticket from Lagos to Amsterdam from a KLM office in Accra on December 16.
He sneaked back into Nigeria the day before his bomb attempt, the reports say.
According to the reports, he already had a US visa – issued in London on June 16, 2008. But despite his father’s concerns, extremist links and his inclusion on a terror database he was never added to the US “no fly” list.
Abdulmutallab is believed to have had 80 grams of pentaerythritol explosive in his underwear – moulded to the shape of his body to avoid detection in “pat-down” searches.
It is the same explosive used by failed British shoe-bomber Richard Reid, although he only had 50 grams, the reports said.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi