Al-Shabaab claim responsibility for laptop bomb attack on Somali passenger plane that was meant to target ‘senior western officials’

2016211635907487216807833planeAl-Shabaab have officially claimed responsibility for the laptop bomb attack which blew a large hole in the side of a Somali plane.

The al-Qaeda affiliated group released a statement, declaring the attack was meant to target ‘senior Western officials’ on board the flight, according to al-Jazeera.

It also claimed the attack was ‘retribution for the crimes committed by the coalition of Western crusaders & their intelligence agencies.’

The deadly bomb was concealed inside a laptop and was constructed in such a ‘sophisticated’ way, it went through the X-ray scanners undetected at the airport.

The dead bomber who was blown from the Somali jet from Mogadishu to Djibouti was meant to be flying on aTurkish Airlines flight, Daallo Airlines chief executive later confirmed.

The explosion created a gaping hole in the fuselage and forced the plane to make an emergency landing back at the Mogadishu airport.

The main suspect is believed to be a Somali national known as Abdullahi Abdisalam Borleh. The bomber had been carefully instructed where to sit and how to trigger the deadly device.

It seems that a delay to the flight played a vital part in preventing the deaths of all the passengers as the bomb was triggered before the plane had reached the right altitude.

Mohamed Yassin, CEO of Daallo Airlines, revealed that most of the passengers who were on the flight were scheduled to fly with Turkish Airlines.

But after the Turkish carrier cancelled its flight citing strong wind, the 74 passengers were ferried to Djibouti by one of Daallo planes across the Horn of Africa.

That particular passenger (who was behind the blast) boarded the aircraft on a Turkish Airlines boarding pass and was on the list for the Turkish Airlines manifest,’ Yassin said.

Yassin told Al Jazeera that the passengers would continue their journey from Djibouti on a Turkish Airlines flight.

‘Turkish Airlines have not been in contact with us since the incident happened. You can say they are trying to distance themselves from the incident.’ Olad said.

CCTV video has since emerged showing the suspected bomber of the Somali plane at the exact moment when he is being handed a laptop in which the explosives were concealed.

‘There are investigations going on and about 15 people have been arrested so far in connection with the incident,’ a Somali security official who asked not to be named told AFP.

The airport worker in the white shirt has since died in mysterious circumstances. Three days after the plane attack, he was blown up in a car bomb.

The vehicle owner is thought to be one of the other men in the CCTV video. It is believed he has now been arrested, according to an official.

Source: DailyMail


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