Nigeria bomber’s home town blames foreign schooling

December 28, 2009

For residents in his home town, it was Umar Abdulmutallab’s foreign education, not his roots in Muslim northern Nigeria, that radicalized him and led him to try to blow up a U.S. passenger plane.

The 23-year-old London-educated Nigerian was charged on Saturday in the United States with trying to blow up Northwest Airlines flight 253 as it approached Detroit from Amsterdam on Christmas Day with almost 300 people on board.

The son of a highly respected banker, Abdulmutallab’s actions shocked Nigeria’s wealthy elite and residents in his family’s predominantly Muslim northern hometown of Funtua.

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poor umar. he should have been brainwashed by Muslim extremists. he should be debriefed by the Military and Catholic Pastors. This guy is a good potential for the greater good of the society to which he belongs. he must be rescued rather than be condemned. I’l pray for his conversion.

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