The FBI must disclose its interviews with so-called “underwear bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the New York Times and reporter Scott Shane have told a federal judge.
Nigerian-born Abdulmutallab was aboard a commercial plane bound for Detroit on Christmas Day 2009 when he tried to ignite a bomb sewn into his drawers but wound up merely burning himself.
Some of the 287 passengers managed to restrain him and staunch the fire as it spread to the plane’s carpeting, seats and walls, so Abdulmutallab remained the only injury from the attack.
Abdulmutallab eventually went to trial on eight terrorism charges but pleaded guilty just two days into proceedings.
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