Nigerian terror suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, charged in a botched al-Qaeda plot to blow up an American airliner, has provided useful “actionable intelligence” during his interrogation by FBI sleuths, the White House has said.
“FBI interrogators spent quite some time with him. I don’t want to get into all the specifics, but I think they would agree and I would say that he has provided in those interrogations useful intelligence,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said at his daily press briefing.
Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian national, has been charged with attempt to blow up a North West Airlines plane on December 25.
The plane with nearly 300 people on board was coming from Amsterdam to Detroit.
“Abdulmutallab spent a number of hours with FBI investigators in which we gleaned useable actionable intelligence,” Gibbs said.
During his interrogation, Abdulmutallab has told the FBI that he received the training as well as explosives from the al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen.
Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Gibbs, however, refrained from giving any further details about the interrogation.