UCF students traveling over Christmas break may notice more airport security, after a man who claimed he was acting on behalf of al-Qaeda reportedly tried to blow up a Delta/Northwest Airlines flight as it landed in Detroit on Christmas Day.
The Obama White House has classified the incident as an “attempted terrorist attack.” Obama, who is vacationing in Hawaii, is reportedly staying updated and has discussed it with security officials.
The suspect is reportedly a Nigerian named Abdul Mudallad. The suspect tried to detonate an explosive device that was a mixture of powder and liquid, but it somehow failed, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official who talked to the AP on the condition of anonymity.
Although the device failed, there was still an apparent explosion of some sort, which resulted in the suspect suffering burns. He was being questioned by officials. At least two other passengers reportedly suffered minor injuries. The plane landed safely, despite the explosion.
The flight initiated in Nigeria, and connected in Amsterdam before making its final stop in Detroit, Michigan.
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