Morning Security Brief: Nigeria Plane Crash, Tokyo Subway Attack Suspect Found, Four Guilty of Denmark Attack Plan, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►New details have emerged about a plane crash in Nigeria on Sunday that killed all 153 passengers and at least 10 people on the ground. Search and rescue teams are still removing bodies from the wreckage, so the death toll is expected to rise. Nine minutes before the crash the pilot radioed that he was having an emergency as the plane was on its final approach to Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. Officials said there appeared to be engine trouble. They also said the pilot was American. The Chinese Embassy in Nigeria said six of the dead were Chinese citizens. “The airplane that crashed was 22 years old and was purchased from Alaska Airlines. It underwent a routine maintenance checkup every 200 hours, and it had just been inspected three days earlier,” CNN reported.

►A suspect in the 1995 nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system was arrested Sunday by Japanese authorities after a tip. During rush hour on March 20, 1995, members of Aum Supreme Truth Cult, a doomsday cult, released sarin gas into the subway. The attack killed 13 and sickened 5,500. Naoko Kikuchi was arrested yesterday in the small town of Sagamihara. She has been on the run for 17 years. A man was also arrested for hiding her. More than 200 members of the cult were convicted after the attack. Kikuchi was one of two remaining members at large.

►A Danish court found four men accused of plotting a terrorist attack on the newspaper Jyllands-Posten guilty of terrorism. “The court heard the men wanted to kill a large number of people in revenge for the paper's publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in 2005,” the BBC reports. Denmark remains a target for Islamist militants because of 12 cartoons published by the paper showing the prophet Muhammad “in a variety of humorous or satirical situations.”

►Suspicions are raised after derogatory messages were found on bathroom wall of a Chicago gay club that was gutted by a fire over the weekend. Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire. The owner of the club says a safe inside the venue was left untouched. ♦ A labor law firm provides tips on how employers can comply with new EEOC rules about using conviction records as a screening tool. ♦ And Mikko Hypponen writes about why antivirus companies missed Flame and Stuxnet.



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