Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab who is a Nigerian man accused of attempting to destroy a US-bound plane on Christmas Day was recruited by al-Qaida in London and may have met a radical Islamist cleric linked to the Fort Hood mass shooting, Yemen's deputy prime minister said today.
Farouk was accused yesterday on charges including attempted murder and trying to use a weapon of mass destruction to kill nearly 300 people aboard the Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. The Nigerian man was trained in Yemen.
Yemen's foreign minister, Abubakr al-Qirbi, says today that fighting militants was the country's priority, despite facing a Shia revolt in the north and simmering separatist sentiment in the south, but rejected foreign intervention.
Barack Obama is due to unveil more information about the failed airline bomb plot today and detail the steps he is taking to prevent future terrorist attacks. The White House is making public a declassified account of the incident and the US president will address the nation about its findings and recommendations.
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