Passengers on a Daallo Airlines flight leaving from Mogadishu were subjected to just about the most terrifying experience imaginable on Tuesday as a bomb exploded in the plane’s passenger cabin somewhere above 12,000 feet. The bomb only created a relatively small hole in the plane’s fuselage, however, and the aircraft was able to return to Mogadishu and land safely. Somali authorities now believe that they know who carried the bomb onto the plane and detonated it: A man who was then sucked out of the hole in the fuselage and became the attack’s only fatality. (Only two minor injuries were reported among other passengers and crew.) From CNN:
The man sucked out of a Somali airliner after an inflight explosion has been identified as Abdullahi Abdisalam Borleh, an elderly Somali national, Somalia officials said Friday.
Investigators suspect he carried a laptop computer with a bomb concealed onto the plane, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
One can only hope that Borleh, who is believed to have been acting in affiliation with the al-Shabaab jihadist terror group, was conscious for long enough to understand just how ironically his attempt to murder more than 70 people had gone wrong.