January 5, 2010 / 9:59 PM / 9 years ago

Obama says would-be bomber could've been disrupted

U.S. President Barack Obama outlines an initial series of reforms aimed at helping to thwart future attacks like the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day, following a security summit at the White House in Washington January 5, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that U.S. intelligence agencies had enough information to potentially disrupt a Nigerian’s attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound plane but failed to connect the dots.

Obama, in a White House statement, said a review of systemic failures that allowed Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to attempt to set off a bomb on the plane on December 25 had determined that sufficient information was available to put Abdulmutallab on a no-fly list.

“This was not a failure to collect intelligence,” he said.

Reporting by Steve Holland and Ross Colvin, Editing by Sandra Maler

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