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Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab poses with fellow pupils from Lome's International School, Togo, in 2001, while on a school trip to London. On Dec. 25, 2009, officials say Abdulmutallab attempted to blow up a plane in Detroit. (Credit: AFP / Getty Images)

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PHOTOS: Terrorist attempts to blow up plane on Christmas, officials say

A Northwest Airlines passenger from Nigeria, who said he was acting on al-Qaida's instructions, tried to blow up the plane Friday as it was landing in Detroit, officials said. Passengers subdued the man and may have prevented him from detonating the explosives, the officials said.

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