Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab video: "Christmas Day Bomber'" Video.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Abdulmutallab training

New footage released appears to show the man charged with trying to blow up a plane on Christmas Day training with al Qaeda in Yemen.

The video seems to show Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and other men firing weapons at targets, including the Union Flag and the UN flag.

According to ABC News, which obtained and broadcast the tape, the video was produced by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (Aqap) - a group formed in January 2009.

It was not clear where and when the video was made or whether it was genuine.

Abdulmutallab is charged with attempting to bring down a Detroit-bound jet by detonating explosives hidden in his underwear.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, but is said to be co-operating with US intelligence agencies interviewing him.

The 23-year-old has allegedly told investigators that Aqap fighters trained him in Yemen, equipped him with a powerful explosive device and told him what to do.

He also warned there were others like him ready to strike, according to US officials.

He is shown on the tape making an apparent martyrdom statement in Arabic.

"The enemy is in your lands with their armies, the Jews and the Christians and their agents," he says.

He also reads several passages from the Koran, adding: "God said if you do not fight back, He will punish you and replace you."

On Monday, the British Ambassador to Yemen escaped a suspected al Qaeda bomb attack on the convoy taking him to work.

Tim Torlot had been on his way to the embassy in the Yemeni capital Sana'a when a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt threw himself at the vehicles.

Three passers-by were injured and the attacker was killed.

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