Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Al Qaida Warned of Bomb Attack on US; Father of the Accused Tried to Raise Alarm

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Al Qaida Warned of Bomb Attack on US; Father of the Accused Tried to Raise Alarm

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Byline: Tom Morgan ;Joe Sinclair

AN al Qaida operative used a video posted on the internet to warn of a terror attack just days before the alleged attempt to blow up an airliner in the United States on Christmas Day, it was learned last night.

The revelation came as it emerged Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was able to board the jet with explosives despite warnings of his extremism, including one from his millionaire father.

Airline passengers are today facing tighter security checks in the coming days after US President Barack Obama ordered a review of screening processes.

Meanwhile, Scotland Yard detectives continued to search the 23-year-old's luxury apartment in central London, although that line of inquiry was reportedly being scaled down last night. The one-time student at University College London was charged in hospital on Saturday night with attempting to destroy the aircraft during its final approach to Detroit airport on Christmas Day, the US Justice Department said.

Abdulmutallab, who studied mechanical engineering in London between 2005 and 2008, was also charged with placing a destructive device on the Northwest Airlines Flight 253.

He was refused a fresh British visa in May after he applied for a bogus course, Whitehall sources said.

Abdulmutallab claimed he received training and instructions from al Qaida operatives in Yemen, US law enforcement officials said.

In a December 21 video posted on extremist websites affiliated with al Qaida, a bearded man in head-dress, identified as Mohammed al-Kalwi, says: "We are carrying a bomb to hit the enemies of God.

"O soldiers, you should learn that we do not want to fight you, nor do we have an issue with you. We only have an issue with America and its agents, and beware of standing in the ranks of America."

It's believed that Mohammed al-Kalwi died in an air attack on al Qaida elements in Yemen last week. Abdulmutallab reportedly had a device attached to his upper leg when he boarded the aircraft in Amsterdam on Christmas Eve. A preliminary FBI analysis found that it contained a high explosive known as PETN or pentaerythritol. …

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