Incident Summary:

12/25/2009: On Friday morning, in Detroit, Michigan, United States, as the plane was approaching the destination, a would-be suicide bomber, identified as Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old Nigerian national, on board of Northwest Flight 253 from Amsterdam, Netherlands detonated a device that was attached to his body while on the plane. The bomb was a six inch packet of high explosives containing pentaerythritol, Triacetone Triperoxide, other materials and a syringe. The explosives were sewn into his underwear. The assailant was wounded and damage was done to the aircraft. A passenger who tried to put the explosion out was also injured. 290 people in total were on board. No other injuries or casualties were reported. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility.

GTD ID:
200912250024

When:
2009-12-25

Country:
United States

Region:
North America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Michigan

City:
Detroit

Location Details:
The attack occurred on board of Northwest Flight 253 from Amsterdam, Netherlands which was close to the Detroit airport in Michigan.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity
Specific Description The target was Northwest Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit.
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
A six inch packet of high explosives containing pentaerythritol, Triacetone Triperoxide, other materials and a syringe was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
Sources
Daily News, “Terror Suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab Faces Twenty Years, Fine For Attack on Flight 253,” http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2009/12/26/2009-12-26_terror_suspect_umar_farouk_abdulmutallab_charged_with_trying_to_blow_up_northwes.html (December 26, 2009).
FBIS Report, “Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab Indicted for Attempted Bombing of Flight 253 on Christmas Day,” http://detroit.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel10/de010610.htm (January 6, 2010).
National Counterterrorism Center, “One Civilian Wounded In IED Attack Over Detroit, Michigan, United States,” Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, April 8, 2010.