And his father warned the U.S. about him. Also, who paid for the $4 million apartment he lived in? And why was he nicknamed “Islamic scholar” when he was so obviously a Misunderstander of the Religion of Peaceâ„¢?
“Father of Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, Nigerian terror suspect in Flight 253 attack, warned U.S.,” by Samuel Goldsmith for the New York Daily News, December 26 (thanks to Kamala):
The terror suspect who tried to blow up a Detroit-bound plane is the son of a Nigerian banker who alerted U.S. authorities to his “extreme religious views” months ago, it was reported Saturday.
The father, Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, a former minister and chairman of First Bank in Nigeria, is shocked that his son was even was allowed to fly to the U.S., family members told the Nigerian newspaper This Day.
The dad was meeting with security officials to discuss his son, identified as Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, 23.
The younger Mutallab was not on any no-fly list when he flew from Nigeria to Detroit through Amsterdam, Rep. Pete King (R-L.I.) told the Daily News….
The suspect boarded the Airbus 330 – carrying 278 passengers and 11 crew members – in Amsterdam after arriving on a flight from Lagos.
He told authorities he got the explosives in Yemen and received orders from Al Qaeda operatives to detonate the device on a plane over U.S. soil, officials said.
He is an engineering student at the University College in London. His last-known address near the school is a $4 million apartment in Central London. Police were searching there Saturday morning.
This Day reported that the suspect has been known for extremist religious views since high school at the British International School in Lome, Togo.
“At the secondary school, he was known for preaching about Islam to his schoolmates and he was popularly called ‘Alfa,’ a local coinage for Islamic scholar,” This Day reported.