Accra: FBI agents in Ghana are trying to piece together the movements of the would-be Nigerian plane bomber and identify those he met during a two-week stay that ended the day before he flew to Detroit, a minister said on Wednesday.
"The FBI is still in the country to thoroughly investigate whom the culprit might have been in contact with while in Ghana," Deputy Information Minister James Agyenim-Boateng said.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation agents are working closely with Ghana`s Bureau of National Investigations to build a picture of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab`s movements during a trip that began on December 9.
The minister refused to give details of the investigation, which he said was going smoothly.
"It will take a little bit of time before the investigations would be concluded," he said.
The 23-year-old suspect flew out of Ghana on December 24, transiting at Lagos for a flight to Amsterdam and on to Detroit, where on December 25 he was overpowered by fellow passengers as he tried to set off a bomb hidden in his underwear as the Northwest Airlines plane came in to land.
Abdulmutallab had flown into Ghana from Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.