Jaspar Schuringa climbed over the passenger next to him and helped the cabin crew bring down Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (Abdul Mudallad) aboard Northwest Airline flight 253, and we know now that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is the bomber first identified as Abdul Mutallad. See two videos below. See Update 12-27-09 below.
...he heard a loud bang that sounded like a firecracker going off at which point somebody started shouting: 'Fire! Fire!'
He then noticed smoke coming from Abdulmutallab's seat, although the suspect remained still.
Mr Schuringa claimed he then jumped over the passenger sitting next to him and lunged over Abdulmutallab's seat, at which point he saw the Nigerian had his trousers down with a burning object between his legs.
'I pulled the object from him and tried to extinguish the fire with my hands and threw it away,' Mr Schuringa said. 'My hands are pretty burned. I am fine.'
Abdulmutallab seemed dazed, he said. Mr Schuringa then ripped off items of the suspect's clothing to make sure no more devices were strapped to his body before a crew member handcuffed him.
The other passengers then burst into applause, Mr Schuringa said.
Photo of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, courtesy of Reuters (an undated photo)
Video courtesy of TheDailyMail
Photo of Jaspar Schuringa courtesy of CNN
The video below reports that a wall of the plane was on fire.
The egregious Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano believes this attempted bombing has no connection to a wider plan of attacks on the U.S. - displaying here long-held belief that accusations of terrorism are offensive to the worldview.
Abdulmutallab's father, Umaru Mutallab, says he reported his son to the American Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria because he feared his son had been radicalized.
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