A Nigerian man is "talking a lot" to the FBI, said a senior U.S. official, after what the United States believes was an attempted terrorist attack on an inbound international flight.
The initial impression is that the suspect was acting alone and did not have any formal connections to organized terrorist groups, said the senior official who is familiar with the investigation.
The suspect, identified by a U.S. government official as 23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, ignited a small explosive device Friday, shortly before a Northwest flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands, made its landing in Detroit, Michigan.
Other reports state that this guy did have ties to the terrorist organization al-Queda.
Here are the facts that we do know.
1. Security failed and this guy managed to get on a plane to the United States
2. The terrorist was successful in igniting a device strapped to his body. The terrorist act succeeded, but the device failed