Somalia spokesman: Video shows laptop handed to bomb suspect
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Security video footage taken at Mogadishu airport shows two men handing what looks like a laptop computer to the suspected suicide bomber after he passed through the security checkpoint, Somalia's government spokesman said Sunday.
At least one of the men delivering the laptop was an airport employee, government spokesman Abdisalam Aato told The Associated Press.
The man who received the laptop is the suspected suicide bomber who was blown from the Daallo Airlines jet on Tuesday creating a gaping hole in the fuselage and forcing the plane to make an emergency landing back at the Mogadishu airport.
It is believed the laptop-like device was the bomb that caused the explosion.
The plane's pilot said that if the explosion happened when the aircraft was at a higher altitude it could have caused the jet to crash.
"At least 20 people, including the two men in the CCTV footage who handed over the laptop to the suspected bomber, were arrested in connection with the explosion in the aircraft," said spokesman Aato.
"It was a deliberate act of terrorism," he said. "Investigations are still ongoing." Somalia's government has said it will tighten security at the airport to prevent other threats.