Father Had Reported Son to State Dept. Because of Radical Thoughts and Connections

nwa2By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — The father of a Nigerian man charged Saturday with attempting to blow up a Northwest plane bound from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day told the State Department he was concerned about his son’s radical beliefs and connections, prompting authorities to put his name in a U.S. terrorism data base last month, the Washington Post reported.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab “was added to a catch-all terrorism-related database when his father, a Nigerian banker, reported concerns about his son’s “radicalization and associations” to the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, a senior administration official said,” according to the Post.

“Abdulmutallab was not placed on any watch list for flights into the United States, however, because there was “insufficient derogatory information available” to include him, another administration official said,” the Post reported.

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