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Somali Nabbed With Chemicals, Syringe

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Somali boys chant as they watch hard-line Islamist fighters from Al-Shabab parade during a rally in the streets of Mogadishu in October 2009.

Somali arrested at airport with chemicals, syringe

December 30, 2009

MOGADISHU, Somalia – A man tried to board a commercial airliner in Mogadishu last month carrying powdered chemicals, liquid and a syringe that could have caused an explosion in a case bearing chilling similarities to the terrorist plot to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner, officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The Somali man — whose name has not yet been released — was arrested by African Union peacekeeping troops before the Nov. 13 Daallo Airlines flight took off. It had been scheduled to travel from Mogadishu to the northern Somali city of Hargeisa, then to Djibouti and Dubai. A Somali police spokesman, Abdulahi Hassan Barise, said the suspect is in Somali custody.

"We don’t know whether he’s linked with al-Qaida or other foreign organizations, but his actions were the acts of a terrorist. We caught him red-handed," said Barise.

A Nairobi-based diplomat said the incident in Somalia is similar to the attempted attack on the Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day in that the Somali man had a syringe, a bag of powdered chemicals and liquid — tools similar to those used in the Detroit attack. The diplomat spoke on condition he not be identified because he isn’t authorized to release the information.

Barigye Bahoku, the spokesman for the African Union military force in Mogadishu, said the chemicals from the Somali suspect could have caused an explosion that would have caused air decompression inside the plane. However, Bahoku said he doesn’t believe an explosion would have brought the plane down.

A second international official familiar with the incident, also speaking on condition of anonymity because he isn’t authorized to discuss the case, confirmed that the substances carried by the Somali passenger could have been used as an explosive device.

So much for the Christmas attack being an “isolated incident.”

And isn’t it funny how there is no mention of the perpetrator’s religious persuasion?

Of course this is just another matter for local law enforcement.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 30th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Somali Nabbed With Chemicals, Syringe”

  1. proreason says:

    We’ll let the public defenders handle these guys.

    That way, the president can concentrate on the important stuff.

  2. TwilightZoned says:

    This guy was perhaps in training. The terrorists behind
    this, more than likely, sent many minions out of
    different airports to see where security was weak.

    Speaking of terrorists…I am thoroughly amazed the AP
    actually used the term and in the first sentence no less.

    • proreason says:

      The fact that 90% of the country agrees with calling them “terrorists” is beginning to penetrate the bedrock of the liberal brain.

  3. proreason says:

    Panty Bomber was a replay. From those dogged investigators in the AP:

    Somali arrested at airport with chemicals, syringe

    Officials say a Somali national tried to board a commercial airliner in Mogadishu last month with powdered chemicals, liquid and a syringe that together could have caused an explosion. The hallmarks bear chilling similarities to the terrorist plot to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner…


    Now we know why our intrepid National Security bureaucrats put the rugged Dutchman on the panty-bomber’s flight.

    It was Take 2.

  4. Right of the People says:

    Maybe the Somalis can “persuade” this young man to tell them where he got the stuff, etc. since I doubt they are constricted by silly rules like we are.

  5. BillK says:

    You don’t honestly think Al Qaeda would come up with this chemical combo and not put it into mass production, do you?

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    Better gird up your loins folks!
    A Third World country caught one and with alllllllllllllll our techno crap, we let this one slide.
    Sad state of affairs foisted upon us by our Overlords.

    I’m running out of trust for this government ……quickly!

  7. canary says:

    Well, there goes any excuse by the CIA that they planned to surveil Underwear Umar after his arrival on American soil when they could catch him with evidence.
    There is a problem when no one can act, until Obama’s premission, when his focus is campaigning and jet-setting around the globe. It’s ashame that security agents have to worry about violating privacy rights, or soldiers having to wait til fired on, before they can fire.
    I read that the black water indicted were found no guilty. It was so obvious in video that they never should have been charged in the first place.

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