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New Information Shows Al Qaeda Links With Attacker

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Wednesday, 30 Dec 2009 | 2:28 AM ET

New information presented to the President early Wednesday indicates "some linkage" between Al Qaeda and the airline attacker Umar Abdulmutallab, a senior administration official said, briefing reporters in Hawaii, NBC Reported.

While saying the US can't say "conclusively that they (Al Qaeda) planned the attack," the official added, "some of the new information that we've developed overnight does suggest that there was some linkage there."

The official said there's no indication, based on that new intelligence, that the incident was part of a wider terrorist threat or plot.

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama said there had been "systemic failure" in connection with the failed attack on a Detroit-bound passenger plane on Christmas Day.

Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old son of a Nigerian banker, was charged with smuggling explosives on board and attempting to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight.

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