National Security

December 26, 2009

Bombing suspect used syringe to mix chemicals on plane

The Justice Department on Saturday charged a 23-year-old Nigerian with attempting to destroy a Northwest Airlines jetliner with the same highly explosive chemical that convicted shoe-bomber Richard Reid used in a similar, unsuccessful attempt seven years earlier. The incident underscored that despite massive security improvements including scans of passengers' shoes since Reid's attempt, terrorists are still trying to find ways to seize or destroy U.S. jetliners.

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