On Air Now

Current Show

The Mark Levin Show   5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Call The Mark Levin Show at 1-877-381-3811

Show Info »

Upcoming Shows

Program Schedule »

Listen

Listen Live Now » 550 AM Wausau, WI 99.9 FM Stevens Point, WI

Weather

Current Conditions(Wausau,WI 54403)

More Weather »
66° Feels Like: 66°
Wind: SW 10 mph Past 24 hrs - Precip: 0”
Current Radar for Zip

Tonight

Clear 44°

Tomorrow

Sunny 72°

Tues Night

Partly Cloudy 47°

Alerts

Breaking News

BREAKING NEWS / UPDATE: Wausau police confirm Stephanie Low's body was found in Wabeno; person of interest Kristopher Torgerson to be charged with homicide

WAUSAU, Wis (WSAU)  Wausau police say Stephanie Low's body has been found. Police revealed at a news conference today that a person of interest in her death, Kristopher Torgerson, led police to her body on September 19th. The body has since been positively ID'ed by the state crime lab. The autopsy lists 'homicide' as the cause of death. Torgerson had been questioned nearly four years ago after she had first disappeared. Wausau PD say he was in custody on other charges, and agreed to sh...

Read More »

Nigeria says plane bomber began journey in Ghana


A slightly charred and singed underpants with a packet of explosive powder sewn into the crotch is seen in government photos obtained exclusively by ABC News, released to Reuters, December 28, 2009. REUTERS/ABC News/Handout
A slightly charred and singed underpants with a packet of explosive powder sewn into the crotch is seen in government photos obtained exclusively by ABC News, released to Reuters, December 28, 2009. REUTERS/ABC News/Handout

By Nick Tattersall

LAGOS (Reuters) - A Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a U.S. passenger jet on Christmas Day began his journey in Ghana and spent less than 30 minutes in Nigeria's Lagos airport, the Nigerian government said on Thursday.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has been charged with trying to blow up Northwest Airlines flight 253 as it approached Detroit from Amsterdam on December 25 with almost 300 people on board.

"Further investigations by the Nigerian government have revealed that Abdulmutallab spent less than 30 minutes in the Nigerian airport before boarding the flight to Amsterdam," Information Minister Dora Akunyili said in a statement.

"He arrived in Nigeria on 24 December from Ghana via Virgin Nigeria. His passport was scanned on entry into Nigeria at 20:08 and was scanned in at check-in for departure to Amsterdam at 20:35," she said.

Although Abdulmutallab was known to have bought his ticket in Ghana's capital Accra, he had been thought to have started his journey on December 24 in Lagos, where he boarded a KLM flight to Amsterdam before transiting to the Detroit flight.

Nigerian and Dutch officials have said Abdulmutallab, 23, went through normal security screenings in both Lagos and Amsterdam's Schiphol airports.

He did not check in any baggage but was carrying a shoulder bag when he checked in for the KLM flight in Lagos, according to the head of Nigeria's Civil Aviation Authority. He went through a metal detector and his bag was x-rayed before he went through a second screening at the boarding gate.

The United States asked airports and airlines around the world to tighten security after the foiled attack, which raised questions about how Abdulmutallab had been able to get explosive materials onto the plane despite higher security worldwide since the September 11 hijacked airline attacks in 2001.

Investigators are trying to establish where he got the explosive materials used in the foiled attack.

Nigerian and Dutch officials have said they will start using full-body scanners, which use radio waves to generate a picture of the body that can see through clothing and spot hidden weapons or packages.

Abdulmutallab is the son of a respected former banker who was educated at a boarding school in Togo before studying engineering at University College London and studying for a masters in Dubai. He also made trips to Yemen as a student.

A regional wing of al Qaeda has said it was behind the failed Christmas Day bombing, which was meant to avenge U.S. attacks on the group in Yemen, according to a web statement. (Editing by Alison Williams)

Comments