Bomb suspect looked for Facebook friends

Dec. 29, 2009 at 6:19 PM
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DETROIT, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- The Nigerian accused of an attempted suicide bombing of a U.S. airliner Christmas Day said online he was "lonely" and had "never found a true Muslim friend."

The postings were uncovered in a review by The Washington Post.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, was released from a Michigan hospital Sunday, officials said. He was charged with attempting to ignite an incendiary device aboard a Friday flight from the Netherlands to Detroit.

The Post said it reviewed 300 online postings under "farouk1986" -- a combination of Abdulmutallab's middle name and birth year -- that talked openly about love, marriage, his college ambitions and his inner struggle between liberalism and extremism.

In one post in January 2005, he wrote: "I have no one to speak too (sic). No one to consult, no one to support me and I feel depressed and lonely. I do not know what to do. And then I think this loneliness leads me to other problems."

The Post said he looked for friends through Facebook and Islamic chat rooms.

A U.S. government official told the newspaper late Monday intelligence officials were reviewing the postings but had not confirmed their authenticity.

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