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Israeli firm failed to detect Abdulmutallab: report

Israeli security firm ICTS and its subsidiaries are under scrutiny for failing to prevent Nigerian bomb suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab from boarding the US plane and attempting to blow it up.

world Updated: Jan 10, 2010 19:03 IST

Israeli security firm ICTS and its subsidiaries are under scrutiny for failing to prevent Nigerian bomb suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab from boarding the US plane and attempting to blow it up.

As experts try to pinpoint security lapses into the incident that has raised eyebrows, Israeli daily Ha'aretz on Sundaay said that the ICTS security officers and their supervisors should have suspected the passenger, even without having early intelligence available to them.

"Even if US intelligence failed and the name of the Nigerian passenger was not pinpointed as a suspect for the airline, he should have stirred the suspicion of the security officers," the daily said.

"His age, name, illogical travel route, high-priced ticket purchased at the last minute, his boarding without luggage (only a carry-on) and many other signs should have been sufficient to alert the security officers and warrant further examination of the suspect," it stressed.

ICTS and Dutch security firm, G4S, are at the moment hurling bitter recriminations at each other, as are the authorities at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the Federal Aviation Authority and US intelligence officials over the security lapse.

Former agents of Israel's internal security agency, Shin Bet, and former El Al airline security agents established the Netherland based Israeli security firm in 1982.