Ten Years After, Father of Al-Qaeda Suicide Bomber Farouk Abdul Mutallab Speaks..


Ten years after of a bombing attempt by Farouk Abdul Mutallab, the underwear bomber,  who  failed  in an attempt  to blow up a commercial plane , his father  Alhaji Umaru Abdul Mutallab has recalled the moment in 2009 describing it as the most trying times of his life.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily Trust Newspapers, the 80 -year old recounted how he felt when he first learned of the incidence, according to him he thought the bomber stole his son’s passport, but was shattered when he discovered that his son Farouk was indeed the bomber.

“When I heard about the incident, I never believed it was him. I thought someone stole his passport and tried to do that. But I discovered two days later that he was the one”,

When asked by the interviewer, If there is any time he could describe as his most trying moment?,

The 80- year-old octogenarian replied: “I would say the Mallam Farouk incident was the most trying time of my life”, he replied.

“I continue to pray for him. We visit him and he calls a couple of times. We cannot call him but he can call us. We know he is going through a very difficult time, so we pray for mercy on his behalf.

“We may one day see him after our lives because he was sentenced to three life terms plus some years without parole… He might not be out again to see us. So maybe we will see in the afterlife. He prays for us and we pray for him. This is how we are dealing with the situation. Allah knows best”.

Farouk  Abdulmutallab was before the foiled bombing attempt, a student of engineering at University College, London.

On Christmas day 2019 Faurouk tried to detonate an explosive sewn to his underwear while on board a  flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, the foiled attempt saved the lives of about 300 passenger on board the flight.

He pleaded guilty to eight counts charges  including terrorism and attempted murder –to blow up a commercial plane as a would-be suicide bomber for al-Qaeda, (AQAP)– a militant group based in Yemen who stated they were responsible for the attack.

He  is now serving a life sentence without parole .