Airport releases surveillance footage of the Somali suicide bomber and his assistants. See the video below.
Somali authorities on Sunday released footage from Mogadishu International Airport, showing two men with a laptop, which was allegedly filled with explosives.
In the footage one can see how two men, one wearing an orange Airport security vest, both airport security workers, are handing over an object to the suspected bomber.
According to the Somali intelligence, the passenger is identical with Abdullahi Abdisalam Borleh, who is suspected of setting off the bomb on a Daallo Airlines plane and blowing a hole in the plane, which he ended up going through.
Bomber sucked out of the plane
The attack could have killed everyone on board the plane, but the explosion only killed Borleh, who subsequently was sucked out of the plane through the hole the bomb had caused.
Following the explosion, the captain was able to make an emergency landing, and no other passengers were killed in the failed terror attack.
- A surveillance camera captured some of the terrorist activity, and the attack is believed to be coordinated by a network of people, many of whom have now been arrested, a Somali security source told AFP.
In all, 15 people have been arrested in connection with the attack, said the source.
A source close to Somali investigators says it is believed that the attack against the plane was orchestrated by the militant Islamic movement Al-Shabaab, which is known for its support for Al Qaeda. However, no one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
Somalia has asked U.S. officials for help with investigations, and several FBI agents are on the ground assisting in Mogadishu, said Abdisalam Aato, a spokesman for the Somali Prime Minister.
"This was a sophisticated attack ... so we reached out to our international partners," said Aato.
Asked about comments reportedly made by the plane's pilot that security at Mogadishu Airport was "zero" with confusion over who accessed planes from the tarmac, the CEO of Daallo Airlines confirmed there had been concerns.
"He's right. You know, there are some lapses, otherwise this (would have) never happened," CEO Mohamed Ibrahim Yassin told CNN.
"You know the region is a region which is under turmoil ... so you can expect such things to happen," he said.
"It is happening all over the world, it's not only happening in Mogadishu. You know, this threat is all over the place. Now we'll add one more layer of security now. We have employed a professional security company ... to do secondary screening."
Passengers aboard the Daallo Airlines plane was terrified by the explosion, but several still took out their phones and started filming.
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