​Somali officials: Suicide bomber may have blown hole in jet

by CBSNews.com  |  published on February 7, 2016

A suicide bomber is suspected to have set off the explosive that blew a hole in a jetliner, sucked the man out of the plane and forced the aircraft to make an emergency landing on Tuesday in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, Somali officials said Saturday.

“Experts who were investigating the cause of the blast in the plane concluded that a bomb was the cause,” said Ali Jama Jangali, Somalia’s transport minister at a press conference in Mogadishu.

“The bomb aimed to kill all onboard the plane. Al-Shabaab (Somalia’s Islamic extremist rebel group) was behind it,” he said of the explosion on a Daallo Airlines Airbus 321. He said the findings are preliminary and the investigation is continuing.

The statement confirms information a U.S. aviation expert close to the investigation told CBS News on Friday, that an IED inside a laptop caused the midair explosion.

One passenger, Abdullahi Abdisalam Borle, died, according to Somali officials who did not give any details. A man’s body was found in the town of Balad, about 18 miles north of Mogadishu, according to police who said he might have been blown from the plane.

  • Rudy McGillvray

    Say Elda, One can only pray that he blew himself out of the plane, and that’s what I got from the blog, could be wrong, but I pray I’m not

  • elda

    So I am not understanding, did he blow himself up or did he get an innocent person?

    • drrocko

      The bomber blew himself up and got his 72 virgin goats ! I love a story with a happy ending 🙂

      • AKLady

        P;ease do not embarass America with your religious bigotry.
        Have respect for the beliefs of others.
        Islam is the world’s second largest religion.
        The Middle East is simply a drop in the ocean.

        • drrocko

          I do – however – regret that you were not sitting next to him ! When he exited the airplane 🙂

          • AKLady

            You need to try harder. Your “pretend” adulthood just does not make the grade.

          • drrocko

            I refuse to hold a battle of wits with an unarmed person – and you are not – by any stretch of the imagination – a “lady” ! Good day !

          • AKLady

            Oooo, I am so not impressed.

          • drrocko

            Wasn’t meant to impress you – was meant to dismiss you and the drivel you post 🙂

          • AKLady

            Drivel? Child, that is all you can produce. Moreover, you repeat yourself ad nauseam

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