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FBI Reveals Why Nigerian-Born Christmas Day bomber’s Underwear Failed to Detonate – “Because he had worn them for THREE WEEKS!”



On December 25th, 2009, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian tried to detonate an explosive aboard a Northwest Flight 253 over Detroit in the United States of America. As the son of one of Nigeria’s most prominent businessmen and someone who had access to international travel and a world-class education, his terrorist act took Nigeria by surprise.

Umar has since been sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. However, the FBI has recently revealed the reason why the explosives failed to go off.

During his trial he said the bomb in his underwear was a ‘blessed weapon’ to avenge poorly treated Muslims around the world.

Two FBI agents told WXYZ TV that Umar confessed to the plot, saying that he had worn the explosive underwear for three weeks in order to get used to it and make sure he could get it through security.

“So basically for three weeks he wore this garment, these underwear with this device in it. We think ultimately that is probably what caused the disruption in the sequence of events in the explosion,” said FBI agent Ted Peissig.

The agents also revealed that Umar was not recruited by al Qaeda, but the other way around.

“He sought out al Qaeda relentlessly,” another FBI agent on the case, Mike Connelly said. “He persisted and he was almost turned away at times, you know, by al Qaeda. But he refused to relent.”

FBI agents also say the Underwear Bomber might have inadvertently foiled his own plot because of his obsession about making sure the bomb would not be detected. They further revealed that he had been instructed to detonate the bomb over a populated area to maximize the death toll.

Here is the account of the FBI agents as reported by WXYZ TV

In Abdulmutallab’s mind it was an act of martyrdom and jihad. He had no feelings for the men, women and children around him who were about die, according to the FBI agents.

“He did not bat an eye in saying if that plane was going to go down, it was going to go down. That was God’s call. That wasn’t his call. His responsibility was just to detonate the bomb, and whatever happened, happened,” says agent Connelly.

As the huge jumbo jet carrying over 300 people was approaching Detroit, Abulmutallab disappeared into the restroom to wash himself, a ritual for his passage into the next life. When he returned to his seat he told the guy sitting next to him that he wasn’t feeling well.

“And pulled a blanket almost completely concealing himself up to the chin,” says Agent Peissig.

Using a plastic syringe, Abdulmutallab injected a mixture of liquids and solids into the explosive chemicals already packed into his underwear.

But Instead of exploding, the bomb burst into flames, setting his clothes and the blanket on fire, seriously burning him.

The two agents who visited Nigeria during the course of his investigation said they extracted detailed and chilling information about Abdulmutallab and his mission, getting a rare glimpse into the mind of a suicide bomber.

“In his tone, his conversation, he’s very reserved,” adds agent Connelly. “He’s deliberate in his speech.”

“The witnesses remarked about how he just looked like a simple young school boy,” says Peissig.

But appearances don’t match reality in the case of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Agents say he was an extreme fanatic and a very dangerous man.

He was hell-bent on taking down a jumbo jet over Detroit with no consideration for the hundreds who would die in the plane and on the ground.

“He is completely different from any terrorist that I’ve had the ability to talk to,” explains Connelly. “Different because of his absolute devotion to Jihad. The degree of conviction that he had to the cause is unparalleled.”

We are glad his attempt to kill innocent people was foiled.

Photo Credit: Daily Mail

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. jigga

    September 29, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    God have mercy smh, thank God his evil plan failed!!

  2. Lois

    September 29, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Oh dear. Even if this psycho had died, he would have gone to hell with his burnt-out, roasted penis and will not be able to screw his 7 virgins awaiting his warped-up, pathetic life. How can a sane man wear an underwear for 3 weeks? Of course, he’s no different than all those experienced lumped-up, dread-locked lunatics that roam the raods. Oloshi somebody! Their Jihad is about killing innocent people(including) Muslims for God. I have absolutely no pity for him. I wish I could died by having his skin sliced off little by little and be fed to vultures and then burn him hanging from a noose so that he can acclimatise to the heat of hell he’s heading to. Msheeew

    • brittany

      September 30, 2012 at 5:34 am

      LMAAAAOO at roasted penis

    • purplepearl

      September 30, 2012 at 10:01 am

      LOL tat is some form of punishment. ……..

  3. omoibo

    September 29, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Now, those are some crusty-azz looking underwear right there! Tufia kwa, same underwear for 3 whole weeks reach to diffuse the bomb!! On a more serious note, thank heavens this clown did not succeed because this is how a decision by one individual affects a whole lot of folks in a negative way…

  4. omoibo

    September 29, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    To the underwear bomber, I hope he’s wearing some metal padlocked underwear in the american prison cuz his arse is toast once he drops that soap!!

  5. michelle

    September 30, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Na wa o. The extent people go just because of their beliefs. Gosh!

  6. Elizabeth

    September 30, 2012 at 1:40 am

    wow,so he sought out Al Qaeda,still how did he become such a fanatic his friends from uni said he was anti-fanaticism or was the friend lying?

    • Purpleicious Babe

      October 1, 2012 at 10:24 am

      he has no friends jor… they dont know him @ ALL…..

  7. csl

    September 30, 2012 at 2:12 am

    oloriburuku someburry, he no even fit wear CK pata. shiorrr

    • MEEMO

      September 30, 2012 at 5:45 am

      lmaooo ur a jokaaaaaaa! “CK PATA”

    • Purpleicious Babe

      October 1, 2012 at 10:30 am

      loooooool…. y would he wear CK na?? haha jokes.

      I am so thankful to GOD that his plans didnt not prevail and just like this plan FAILED so shall the rest of the plans of all the evil that aim to destroy innocent lives BE DESTROYED. AMEN.

      Thank you JESUS we shall not experience untimely death and I pray you will continue to protect our going out and coming in.


    September 30, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Stupid man!

  9. Wow!

    September 30, 2012 at 3:52 am

    this guy is such an olodo rabata!!! smh

  10. Lolly

    September 30, 2012 at 5:33 am

    They always tell them in there mosques here in the north,dat christians are infidels and not worth living.dats d truth.his fanatism started way before heleft for u.k.

  11. brittany

    September 30, 2012 at 5:34 am

    this is how satan deceives people into thinking that killing others makes them acceptable to GOD…HOW????

  12. Speak easy!

    September 30, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Thank God the plan failed, all the same. But where did he get his own “unparalleled” jihadist conviction? Me wonders!!

  13. konnie

    September 30, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Idiot man. Now his nerve endings are teaching him a lesson on why he should not be so silly.

  14. faith

    September 30, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Thank God he Didn’t succeed!…that’s all I can say…just imagine d kind of wahala he would av caused for evry single Nigerian if he had…..

  15. nacos

    September 30, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Thank God that the fool did not succeed because it would have landed nigerians to a big problem

    • Purpleicious Babe

      October 1, 2012 at 10:51 am

      I agree it would have been deep sha and unimaginable… thank God it failed woefully.



    September 30, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Its not the underwear that made the bomb not to explode…its just Jesus..he averted the evil on his birthday

  17. Austin Uche

    September 30, 2012 at 10:30 am

    wow….. Fank God for the lives of those dah was spared o…. Finally finally, na God get d final say o..lolz

  18. Lola

    September 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    mehn, I wish the bomb had worked small – just enough to blow his willy and the supporting acts! useless creature!

    • Purpleicious Babe

      October 1, 2012 at 10:48 am

      I am pretty sure it did work, it had flames on the blanket and his clothes…anymore than that might have been catastrophic. so please dont

      May JESUS rescue HIM and all the hosts of others. AMEN

    • Chillax Jor

      October 2, 2012 at 6:41 am

      Lola was just making a light hearted joke…why kill it with this comment? ah ah!

  19. Clement Ezeh

    September 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    The bom did not explode because Master Jesus is still stronger than prophet Mohamed. His. Mohamed bowed out and Jesus took over.

  20. Clement Ezeh

    September 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    It’s not the pant, it’s master Jesus that conquered his prophet Mohammed when it is time to explode the bomb. Jesu was on board the plane, period.

  21. Chattyzee

    September 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    ROFLMAO …. heheheheheh Now who says God is not humorous…..

  22. xxx

    September 30, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    There are thousands of his type still lurking around in the country

  23. Anonymous

    September 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    …And they say it’s a religion of peace. I have searched just to be sure and I have found without a shadow of doubt that it isn’t. There is a God but he is definitely not the one being represented. Quit believing in this great deception, Jesus loves you.

  24. mujer casada

    September 30, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    @ Lois, very apt description. Too much money is not always a good thing. God gave us long life so that we go through the phases striving for something and planning for and anticipating the next step. When you have everything, there is nothing to look forward to and you develop the ready to die and seeking a cause mindset of a ninety year old at 20. I hope you become the muse for many jailbirds. Nothing more than a life on earth that is the equivalent of the hell you would have created for many and gone to anyway.

  25. doyin

    September 30, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Lmao @ Lola…he needs prayers and Jesus for real…sad child

  26. onpoint

    October 1, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Still thank God weda he rehearsed wt his pants 4 3weeks or a century coz d story cuda bn soo different


    October 1, 2012 at 1:42 am

    eeew… so he was dirty as well as stupid sighs

    • ij

      October 1, 2012 at 11:32 am

      and daft

  28. chikmore

    October 1, 2012 at 6:45 am

    E good as τ̣̣ђё tin burn A̶̲̥̅♏ 4 prick maga

  29. Evann

    October 1, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    =))º°˚˚˚°ºнaĦaнaº°˚˚˚°º‎​=))@ Lois. Love ya choice of words.G̲̣̣̣̥ợ̣̣̝̇̇̇ ,write a book,lmao.

  30. Greenika

    October 2, 2012 at 11:37 am

    “He did not bat an eye in saying if that plane was going to go down, it was going to go down. That was God’s call. That wasn’t his call. His responsibility was just to detonate the bomb, and whatever happened, happened,” – Basically, it was not God’s call, right? I would just like to ask him, if he still thought it was God’s call because clearly not only did the plane land, but he got burnt just enough to stay alive and witness the plane land safely. So one could say that God was slapping him for thinking of doing it, right???


    October 4, 2012 at 2:04 am

    he is just a stupid rich kid that was tired of living and i can swear that he is not a real Nigerian cause i don’t know of any Nigerian that will intentionally cause harm to himself when he’s not a psycho. And since he does not get the required attention he wants to sustain his boring life he decided to get popular by acting out his fantasy.

  32. Lulu

    October 4, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    He should have been sentenced to death, with his conviction with Jihad, he could still perpetrate evil from Jail***Son of a Gun***

  33. iju

    October 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Life does not mean anything to him so he doesn’t deserve to live. Federal Govt. or people in charge pls help him waste his life in prison with hardship. And any body with will try to do any form of mago mago to take him out of that place will also face the anger of God. “the son of one of Nigeria’s most prominent businessmen and someone who had access to international travel and a world-class education”. Prominent businessman please train up your child the way he should go so when they grow they will not depart from it. That is how they spoil their children all in the name of money. No fear, no respect. U think God is MUMU just the way u and ur Jihad is? He is definitely not and can never be. He has really shown you that the foolishness of God as u think is far wiser than men. Spoilt child elders face no dey fear you go and rot in jail. You better accept Jesus in your life

  34. oladele musibau

    January 23, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    i wish he was executed by firing squard,this boy nearly put
    me in problem,on 26th of december at 6.20 in the morning,i was at
    barcelona airport about to board a flight to italy,after i had
    obtain my body pas,i then went for check in,i was stopped by two
    spanish finacial policemen because i was caring a beard,while i was
    unable to remove my beards hoping when i get ti italy i will remove
    it,i was questioned and taken to their office inside the airport
    but fortunately,i was with my holy bible, and i was detain for more
    than 20minutes but the security looked at me and believed a
    terrorist did not go about with a Holy Bible.thank God for the

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