Reports: Passenger tried to blow up plane at Metro on behalf of al Qaeda
Washington -- Federal officials and police are interviewing a 23-year-old Nigerian man who apparently tried to ignite a powdery substance on a Northwest plane that landed Friday at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, injuring himself and two passengers, law enforcement officials told ABC News
The man told authorities he was directed by al Qaeda to explode a small device in flight over U.S. soil, according to the news report.
Passenger Syed Jafri, a U.S. citizen who had flown from the United Arab Emirates, said the incident occurred during the plane's descent. Jafri said he was seated three rows behind the passenger and said he saw a glow, and noticed a smoke smell. Then, he said, "a young man behind me jumped on him."
Government security failed, but a passenger stopped the attack. Not surprisingly, the attacker was a Muslim.