Al-Shabaab have officially claimed responsibility for the laptop bomb attack which blew a large hole in the side of a Somali plane.
The al-Qaeda affiliated group released a statement, declaring the attack was meant to target 'senior Western officials' on board the flight, according to al-Jazeera.
It also claimed the attack was 'retribution for the crimes committed by the coalition of Western crusaders & their intelligence agencies.'
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The deadly bomb was concealed inside a laptop and was constructed in such a 'sophisticated' way, it went through the X-ray scanners undetected at the airport.
The dead bomber who was blown from the Somali jet from Mogadishu to Djibouti was meant to be flying on aTurkish Airlines flight, Daallo Airlines chief executive later confirmed.
The explosion created a gaping hole in the fuselage and forced the plane to make an emergency landing back at the Mogadishu airport.
The main suspect is believed to be a Somali national known as Abdullahi Abdisalam Borleh. The bomber had been carefully instructed where to sit and how to trigger the deadly device.
It seems that a delay to the flight played a vital part in preventing the deaths of all the passengers as the bomb was triggered before the plane had reached the right altitude
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