The attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit using chemicals hidden in a syringe may not have been the first such effort.
The Associated Press is reporting that a Somalian national was arrested last month with a syringe and chemicals while attempting to board a flight from Mogadishu to Dubai with two stops in between.
African Union peacekeepers nabbed the man, who has not been identified, in what a spokesman is calling an attempted act of terrorism. It is not known if he has any links to al Qaeda. The alleged attacker on the flight to Detroit, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, has ties to al Qaeda, both the U.S. government and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have said.