Chilling similarities to the Detroit airliner plot in
Somalia on 11/13/09.
On 11/13/09 a man tried to board a commercial airliner
in the Somali capital of Mogadishu carrying powdered chemicals, liquid
and a syringe in a case bearing chilling similarities to the Detroit
The Somali man — whose name has not yet been released
— was arrested by African Union peacekeeping troops before the Nov. 13
Daallo Airlines flight took off. It had been scheduled to travel from
Mogadishu to the northern Somali city of Hargeisa, then to Djibouti and
"We don't know whether he's linked with al-Qaida or
other foreign organizations, but his actions were the acts of a
terrorist. We caught him red-handed," said Barise.
A Somali security official involved in the capture of
the suspect in Mogadishu said he had a 1-kilogram (2.2-pound) package of
chemical powder and a container of liquid chemicals. The security
official said the suspect was the last passenger to try to board.
Once security officials detected the powder chemicals
and syringe, the suspect tried to bribe the security team that detained
him, the Somali security official said. The security official said the
suspect had a white shampoo bottle with a black acid-like substance in
it. He also had a clear plastic bag with a light green chalky substance
and a syringe containing a green liquid.
The November incident garnered little attention before
the Dec. 25 attack aboard a flight on final approach to Detroit.