Washington, Dec. 29 (ANI): The Nigerian-origin bomber, who tried to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day, has warned US investigators that "there are more just like me who will strike soon."
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, had earlier claimed connection with Yemen-based al Qaeda, which had supplied him with "new type explosives" to bring the trans-Atlantic flight down, and kill 289 people on board.
Security agencies fear that dozens of Islamic militants from Britain have travelled to Yemen in recent months to be trained by al-Qaeda bomb-makers to launch further attacks against Western targets, The Telegraph reports.
On Monday, a group calling itself al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular (AQAP) claimed responsibility for the attempted suicide bombing on Northwest Airlines flight 253.
Earlier, the same group had vowed to revenge for military operations carried out by the Yemeni government this month, which were backed by the US, in which the AQAP claims 50 people died.
"We will not let Muslim women and children's blood be spilled without taking revenge," the statement had said.
Investigators are worried that AQAP has developed what is effectively an "undetectable bomb" involving PETN - used by Abdulmutallab - which can evade normal airports security scanners.
As US agents continued to question Abdulmutallab at a prison in Michigan, British Home Secretary Alan Johnson has confirmed that the bomber had been banned from entering the UK after he applied for a student visa in May to study at a bogus college.
Then, six weeks ago, his family in Nigeria contacted US security officials to express "concerns" that he had become radicalised after he "disappeared" to the al-Qaeda stronghold of Yemen. (ANI)