Somalia Plane Explosion: Bomb Hidden in Laptop
Somalia plane explosion: bomb hidden in laptop
CCTV footage has been released showing the suspected Somalia plane bomber in the airport before he boarded his fatal flight. Somali intelligence officials say two airport workers handled a laptop that concealed a bomb that later exploded in a passenger plane. In a video made public on Sunday by officials, one airport worker takes the laptop and hands it to another employee. The employees then hand it over to a man who was killed when the laptop explosion blew a hole in the plane's fuselage, said Abdisalam Aato, a spokesman for the Somali Prime Minister. Both workers have been arrested.
It has been reported that the bomber was 55-year-old Abdullahi Abdisalam Borleh from the breakaway region of Somaliland in northern Somalia. He is said to have used a wheelchair to circumvent security measures at the Mogadishu airport. He knew precisely where to sit and how to place the device to maximize damage. He was sucked out of the airliner through the hole from the blast on Tuesday. Given the placement, the blast likely would have set off a catastrophic secondary explosion in the fuel tank if the aircraft had reached cruising altitude.
The Serb pilot who landed a jetliner in Somalia with a three-foot hole on its fuselage said Sunday he never doubted that it was caused by a bomb and describes the security surround the airplane at Mogadishu Airport as "zero." The explosion happened about 15 minutes after the plane, with 74 passengers on board, took off from the airport and was at 11,000 feet ascending toward 30,000 feet. "If we were higher, the whole plane could have disintegrated after the explosion," said pilot Vlatko Vodopivec. At a higher altitude, the hole in the fuselage might have caused more severe structural damage"", - he said, "Because the plane was at a lower altitude, I was able to land it safely".
Six people have been arrested in connection with Somalia plane blast after examinations of CCTV images in the airport, a senior Somali intelligence official said. The pilot blamed the incident on the lack of security around the plane at Mogadishu Airport, describing the facility as chaotic. "The security is zero. When we park there, some 20 to 30 people come to the tarmac," said Vodopivec, a veteran pilot who has made numerous flights to the airport. "No one has a badge or those yellow vests. They enter and leave the plane, and no one knows who is who ... They can put anything inside when passengers leave the aircraft." Somalia's government has said it will tighten security at the airport to prevent other threats.
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