A branch of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has announced its affiliation with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old Nigerian who allegedly tried to set off an explosive device aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama pledged Monday to hunt down everyone associated with the thwarted bombing. –KA


The accused, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, had co-ordinated the plot with members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, said the statement, according to US monitor SITE Intelligence.

Officials said at the weekend that the 23-year-old had told US investigators al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen had supplied him with the bomb and trained him in how to detonate it.

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