US revokes plane bombing suspect's visa

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Posted: Jan 05, 2010 3:27 PM

The State Department says it has revoked the U.S. visa of the Nigerian man suspected of trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight over Detroit on Christmas Day.

Spokesman P.J. Crowley said Tuesday that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's visa was one of several the agency has revoked since the Dec. 25 incident as the result of a review into security procedures ordered by President Barack Obama. Crowley would not say when the decision on Abdulmutallab's visa was made or how many others had been withdrawn.

The review was ordered to fix failures in the security process that allowed Abdulmutallab to board the plane with a valid U.S. visa. Abdulmutallab's visa had not been revoked despite the fact that his father warned U.S. officials in Nigeria in November that his son had fallen under the influence of extremists in Yemen.