High Explosive PETN Used In Failed Flight 253 Terror Plot

PETN, a high explosive, was used in the failed terror attack aboard Northwest Airlines flight 253 yesterday according to a US Justice Department indictment. The U.S. charged a 23-year-old Nigerian man with attempting to destroy a Northwest Airlines aircraft on its final approach to Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Christmas Day, and with placing a destructive device on the aircraft, the Justice Department announced.

Read the six-page criminal complaint here. Here’s the text of the Justice Department release:

PETN used in failed flight 253 terror plot

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