A decade after a failed bomb attempt on a US-bound flight from Amsterdam, Alhaji Umaru Abdul Mutallab, the father of the underwear bomber, Farouk has described the incident as the most trying time of his life.
The 80-years old father who finally spoke about the incident ten years after said he initially thought his son’s passport was stolen by the bomber and was shattered when he confirmed it. Farouk then was a student of engineering at University College, London.
He told Daily Trust Newspaper, “When I heard about the incident, I never believed it was him. I thought someone stole his passport and tried to do that. But I discovered two days later that he was the one.”
“I would say the Mallam Farouk incident was the most trying time of my life.”
“We may one day see him after our lives because he was sentenced to three life terms plus some years without parole… He might not be out again to see us. So maybe we will see in the afterlife. He prays for us and we pray for him. This is how we are dealing with the situation. Allah knows best,” he added.
Farouk Abdulmutallab is now serving a life sentence without parole for attempting to bomb US-bound flight passengers on Christmas Day 2009.
He pleaded guilty to eight counts against him, including terrorism and attempted murder for attempting to blow up a commercial plane as a would-be suicide bomber for al-Qaeda.
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