Terror suspect's relatives helped in probe

DETROIT, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Flying in two relatives of Nigerian terror suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab helped persuade him to cooperate with U.S. authorities, sources say.

Citing unnamed law enforcement sources, ABC News reported that Abdulmutallab's mother and uncle were flown to Detroit, arriving Jan. 17, and met with him for 10 days. Unnamed senior administration officials told the broadcaster they were pivotal in getting Abdulmutallab to reveal valuable, sometimes chilling, information about al-Qaida.


Abdulmutallab has been indicted for attempting to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day.

During the interrogations, Abdulmutallab reportedly identified his handlers in Yemen. ABC said he identified the man who designed his explosives-laden underwear and gave details about his training.

The U.S. broadcaster's sources said Abdulmutallab has also revealed there are other recruits just like him and warned that more attacks against the United States are being planned.

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