Plane bomber has provided 'actionable' intelligence to FBI: US

"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.

"I'm not going to get into all of what he said, but again, I think the interrogators have believed that he has provided them with useful intelligence," Gibbs reiterated in response to a question.

Meanwhile, the State Department said the visa of Abdulmutallab has been revoked.
"At least one person (Abdulmutallab) you can say has lost his visa since December 25," said P J Crowley, the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.
In all, post 9/11 as many as 1,700 visas have been revoked of individuals suspected of having terrorist links.

However, Crowley did not give any figure for post-December 25 when the Nigerian national tried to blow up the US plane.

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