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General News of Thursday, 31 December 2009

Source: Reuters

"Christmas Terrorist" Began Journey In Ghana

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LAGOS - A Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a U.S. passenger jet on Christmas Day began his journey in Ghana and spent less than 30 minutes in Nigeria's Lagos airport, the Nigerian government said on Thursday.

"Further investigations by the Nigerian government have revealed that Abdulmutallab spent less than 30 minutes in the Nigerian airport before boarding the flight to Amsterdam," Information Minister Dora Akunyili said in a statement.

"He arrived in Nigeria on 24 December from Ghana via Virgin Nigeria. His passport was scanned on entry into Nigeria at 20:08 and was scanned in at check-in for departure to Amsterdam at 20:35," she said.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, has been charged with trying to blow up Northwest Airlines flight 253 as it approached Detroit from Amsterdam with almost 300 people on board.

He had been thought to have started his journey on December 24 in Lagos, where he boarded a KLM flight to Amsterdam before transiting at Schiphol airport and flying to Detroit.

Nigerian and Dutch officials have said he went through the normal security screenings at both Lagos and Schiphol airports.

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