The new details were revealed by two FBI agents who played a role in securing a confession from Abdulmutallab, shortly after the bungled plot.
“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,” the Daily Mail quoted one of the agents, Ted Peissig, as saying.
Peissig, along with fellow agent Mike Connelly, told the network that Abdulmutallab wore the explosives-rigged underwear for three weeks in an effort to get accustomed to it, only taking it off when he showered.
Abdulmutallab, an al Qaeda crony, failed to fully detonate aboard the flight, which was carrying nearly 300 people, but the explosive apparently caused a brief fire that badly burned his groin.
Passengers pounced on Abdulmutallab and forced him to the front of Northwest Airlines Flight 253, where he was held until the plane landed minutes later, following which he was arrested.
London: The reason behind the foiled plot by infamous ‘underwear bomber’, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who failed to detonate a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day in 2009, may have been because he had worn the explosive undergarment for three weeks.
First Published: Sunday, September 30, 2012, 13:13