Suicide Bomber Likely Caused Daallo Explosion

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A suicide bomber, possibly with explosives concealed in a laptop, is believed to have blown the hole in the side of a Daallo Airlines A321 last week. It has also been reported that the bomber is the passenger whose body was found on the ground 18 miles north of Mogadishu, Somalia, where the flight originated. He has been identified as Abdullahi Abdisalam Borle. The reports were all based on comments from anonymous sources and none have been confirmed by Somali officials.

What officials have said is that six people have been arrested in connection with the incident. The arrests were based on the examination of security camera video at the Mogadishu airport. The pilot of the aircraft, Vlatko Vodopivec, has described security measures at the airport as nonexistent. "The security is zero. When we park there, some 20 to 30 people come to the tarmac," Vodopivec told The Associated Press. "No one has a badge or those yellow vests. They enter and leave the plane, and no one knows who is who … They can put anything inside when passengers leave the aircraft." Somali officials have promised to improve security at the facility.