A bomb appears to have caused the explosion that forced a Somali plane to make an emergency landing shortly after it took off Tuesday, NBC News has learned.
"It is likely this was a bomb attack," a high-ranking diplomat with knowledge of the investigation said Thursday, a notion echoed by the head of Daallo Airlines, who told The Associated Press investigators found explosive residue but that findings won't be released for several more days.
The Airbus A 321 had only climbed to an elevation of 12,000 to 14,000 feet when the blast rocked the plane minutes after it took off from Mogadishu International Airport. A passenger was blown out of the plane and identified as Abdullahi Abdisalam Borleh, 55
So far, no terrorist group have claimed credit for the blast.