PETN is a key ingredient of Semtex, the Czech-made military explosive used to down Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988. “These bombs are sophisticated devices,” said a British intelligence official. “They would have been difficult and dangerous to produce. Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab could not have done this himself It seems there an expert bomb maker on the loose in Nigeria. THIS WAS THE SAME TYPE OF “BOMB’ USED BY ANOTHER MUSLIM TERRORIST RICHARD REID.
The 23 year old Nigerian terrorist Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab (Possible Facebook page) who tried to ignite a PETN based incendiary device on a Northwest airplane flight yesterday is in federal custody. The former college student in London told United states authorities he received his orders in Yemen, more from this source. One U.S. intelligence official said the alleged explosive was a mix of powder and liquid. Mr. King said the concoction was strapped to Mr. Mudallad’s leg.
“Mother of Satan bomb”, TATP is a fairly easy explosive to make, as far as explosives manufacturing goes. All it takes is acetone, hydrogen peroxide (3% medicinal peroxide is not concentrated enough), and a strong acid like hydrochloric or sulfuric acid and in its finished form it is almost undetectable by sniffer dogs or conventional bomb detection systems.
I don’t recommended mixing up a batch because it’s easy to blow yourself up when you make it. In July of 2005 —TATP was used in the London subway and bus bombings. In the occupied Palestinian territories, you can tell who the ‘engineers’ are: they are the ones covered in burn marks who might be missing fingers, or even a whole hand. But as the Palestinian bomb-makers will attest – 40 Palestinians are thought to have been killed making or handling the explosive – it is highly unstable and sensitive to heat and friction. Not for nothing is it known as “Mother of Satan”.
Acetone peroxide (triacetone triperoxide, peroxyacetone, TATP, TCAP) is an organic peroxide and a primary high explosive. It takes the form of a white crystalline powder with a distinctive acrid odor. It is highly susceptible to heat, friction, and shock. However the instability is greatly altered by impurities. It is normally stable when pure, but it dissolves quickly. It is one of the few explosives which remain explosive when wet or kept underwater.
Nigerian National Charged with Attempting to Destroy Northwest Airlines Aircraft FBI REPORT 12/26/2009. WASHINGTON—A 23-year-old Nigerian man was charged in a federal criminal complaint today with attempting to destroy a Northwest Airlines aircraft on its final approach to Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Christmas Day and with placing a destructive device on the aircraft. According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Umar Farouk Abdul mutallab, 23, a Nigerian national, boarded Northwest Flight 253 in Amsterdam, Netherlands on December 24, 2009 and had a device attached to his body. As the flight was approaching Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Abdul mutallab set off the device, which resulted in a fire and what appears to have been an explosion. Abdul mutallab was then subdued and restrained by the passengers and flight crew. The airplane landed shortly thereafter, and he was taken into custody by Customs and Border Patrol officers.
A preliminary FBI analysis found that the device contained PETN, also known as pentaerythritol, a high explosive. Further analysis is ongoing. In addition, FBI agents recovered what appear to be the remnants of the syringe from the vicinity of Abdulmutallab’s seat, believed to have been part of the device. “This alleged attack on a U.S. airplane on Christmas Day shows that we must remain vigilant in the fight against terrorism at all times,” Attorney General Eric Holder said. “Had this alleged plot to destroy an airplane been successful, scores of innocent people would have been killed or injured. We will continue to investigate this matter vigorously, and we will use all measures available to our government to ensure that anyone responsible for this attempted attack is brought to justice. Abdul mutallab required medical treatment and was transported to the University of Michigan Medical Center after the plane landed. He will make his initial court appearance later today.
Interviews of all of the passengers and crew of Flight 253 revealed that prior to the incident, Abdul mutallab went to the bathroom for approximately 20 minutes, according to the affidavit. Upon returning to his seat, Abdul mutallab stated that his stomach was upset, and he pulled a blanket over himself. Passengers then heard popping noises similar to firecrackers, smelled an odor, and some observed Abdul mutallab’s pants leg and the wall of the airplane on fire. Passengers and crew then subdued Abdul mutallab and used blankets and fire extinguishers to put out the flames. Passengers reported that Abdul mutallab was calm and lucid throughout. One flight attendant asked him what he had had in his pocket, and he replied “explosive device.”
These prosecutions are being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan, with assistance from the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Joint Terrorism Task Force. The public is reminded that criminal complaints contain mere allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.