Database of terrorist attacks and related events--Johnston's Archive

Northwest Airlines flight 253--25 December 2009

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 5 December 2017

Date: 25 December 2009

Location: near Detroit, Michigan, United States

Type of event: terrorism


Two passengers injured when a terrorist attempted to detonate an improvised explosive on an airliner on approach to Detroit airport; the terrorist was also injured.

The perpetrator, Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab, was subdued by passengers and crew when observed attempting to detonate explosives concealed in his clothing; the explosive burned instead, causing serious injuries to Abdulmutallab. British authorities had identified Abdulmutallab as a security concern earlier in 2009, and on 19 November 2009 Abdulmutallab's father had warned the U.S. embassy in Nigeria that his son was a possible threat.

Consequences: 3 injured


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