• Julie Kitzer

Explosion in Somali jet caused by suicide bomber

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On Tuesday, February 2, a suicide bomber caused an explosion that forced a passenger jet to make an emergency landing in Somalia.

A survivor on the plane stated, “I saw the passenger - a man in his early 60s - get sucked out of the plane. There was a huge bang. A big hole appeared in the side of the jet and the elderly passenger disappeared through it. One minute he was sat in his seat; the next he was gone. He’d been sucked out of the plane. People were screaming. We all thought we were going to die.”

The Wall Street Journal reported, "The man who died after being sucked out of a Somali passenger jet in mid air on Monday appears to have been the man who detonated the bomb.”

It appears that the man was able to bypass the security screening because he was in a wheelchair. A source said that the man was loaded on to the plane with the wheelchair and then moved to a regular seat on the plane located near the wing and engine.

A passenger from the flight, Abdullahi Abdisalam Borleh, was also killed by the mid-flight explosion blast, carrier officials said.

The jet made an emergency landing back at Mogadishu’s airport.

The charred body of a man who is believed to have been the bomber was found on land by local authorities north of Mogadishu.

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