12 Oct '11, 2am

Shout \\"your pants are on fire!' that doused terrorist plot

Shout \\"your pants are on fire!' that doused terrorist plot

DETROIT, Michigan: One of the most significant Al-Qaeda plots in years collapsed to the cry "hey dude, your pants are on fire". Explosives hidden in the underwear of a Nigerian man failed to detonate aboard a packed US-bound airliner from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas 2009. Apart from the humiliation over the failed plot 24-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, also known as the underwear bomber, also had his lower regions exposed. In the first day of the high-profile trial, the court was told that that the alleged suicide bomber on the Northwestern flight had his trousers around his ankles when four passengers pulled him from his seat, exposing his badly burned genitals and what remained of his underwear. "They were bulky and they were burning," passenger Mike Zantow testified. The underpants "resembled something I hadn't seen before," Zantow said, adding that "they rem...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/115...

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