Terrorist on Flight From Somalia Allegedly Hid Bomb in Laptop

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The alleged terrorist who blew himself up on a Daallo Airlines plane last week hid his bomb inside a laptop, according to Somali officials.


The man, identified as 55-year-old Abdullahi Abdisalam Borle, is believed to have been handed the laptop by two men posing as airline workers at the Mogadishu airport. The explosion in midair on the flight from Somalia to Djibouti caused Borle to be sucked out of the plane and injured two other passengers. The plane made a successful emergency landing.

The Wall Street Journal reports that more than twenty men believed to be connected to the attack have so far been arrested. The two men posing as airline workers were identified on security camera footage in the Somali airport and were seen handing Borle a package.

Early reports about the incident claimed that the terrorist had used a wheelchair to conceal his explosive device, but authorities have yet to confirm that scenario as accurate. Video of the plane making an emergency landing after the explosion immediately went viral:

“The suspects are cooperating, and we’re getting good information. We’re going to get to the bottom of it as soon as possible,” Somali government spokesperson Abdisalam Aato told the Wall Street Journal today.

Some believe that the terrorist act was connected to an Islamic group known as al-Shabaab. The group is affiliated with Al Qaeda and aims to overthrow the Somali government.

[Wall Street Journal]

Correction: This article originally identified the airline in question as Turkish Airlines. The suicide bomber had originally booked a Turkish Airlines ticket but that flight was canceled and he boarded a Daallo Airlines flight. Gizmodo regrets the error.


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Oh, that’s just great. Now the TSA will want to ban laptops, or start making you turn them on at the airport, or transport them in special bomb-proof containers, or probably all three. Thanks, Somalia.